Strategies for Sustainable Development

  • Lorraine Elliott


Strategies designed to give effect to sustainable development and to the idea of common but differentiated responsibilities have focused on transfer mechanisms, on the reform of existing structures and processes within the globalised political economy, and on the application of economic instruments to environmental protection. These are, however, not simply technical exercises where the problems to be solved are ones of modality. They involve political and social issues which relate to questions about the distribution of costs and benefits, the management of competing interests and to debates not just over how to implement such strategies but also over whether they are of any value in the first place. Thus the underlying structures and processes of the international political economy are called into question.


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© Lorraine Elliott 1998

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