THE NEW POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE WAY TO THE NEXT MILLENNIUM?

Sustainable development, since the Rio Earth Summit on environment, has become the major global issue requiring both global and local sociopolitical governance. To elaborate the discourse on sustainability in the next millennium, the paper highlights the new contextual contours on which nation states are likely to situate the politics of environmental governance and mediate various conflicts. To generate more propositions for future study, the discussions are maintained at a general yet indicative one. Under this premise, the paper outlines the related contextual specificity of the problem, under which the state project engages in sustainable development, and examines the synergistic effects of various sociopolitical constellations of the modernity, the new form of Gemeinschaft (community), and the emergence of a new production mode. The second part of the paper discusses four propositions that shed light on the contingent role and limits of the state in environment-spatial processes for sustainable development. These are concerned with the euphoria and uncertainty of state intervention, the legacy of the new social movements, the concern for quality of life, and the development of the local and global organizations. It is observed that the state will still be subject to various socioeconomic forces within and increasingly those beyond the nation boundary, and thus it continues to be the mobile locale of strategic dilemma and contradictions concerning environment and space.

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    Intermediate Technology Publications Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Lai, O-K
  • Publication Date: 1998

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00768925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1853394521
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 1999 12:00AM