Institutions for Sustainable Development

  • Salmon, Guy (Projektledare)



Successful performance by resource management institutions requires the resolution of tensions between the short-term pressures of democratic processes and the long term requirements of sustainable management. Short-term financial pressures, community desires for more jobs or for freedom from regulation, and politicians’ re-election ambitions all potentially conflict with the statutory requirement to safeguard long term sustainability. Conversely, decision-making bodies sometimes respond to popular perceptions of environmental risk by hindering development that would be sustainable. The research will identify reforms to enhance the cohesiveness and effectiveness of New Zealand’s resource management system. Much of this will involve a comparative study of decision-making for resource management in New Zealand and the Nordic countries. Comparative case studies are used to illuminate why the Nordic countries have been able to make progress on solving environmental problems in a more rapid, more consensual and more durable way than New Zealand.
Gällande start-/slutdatum01/10/200331/12/2016


  • 517 Statsvetenskap
  • comparative politics, sustainable development, resource management, environmental politics