All are not created equal: assessing local governments’ strategic approaches towards sustainability

Hyunjung Ji, Nicole Darnall

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Abstract

While local governments often implement equivalent numbers of sustainability programmes, they likely utilize different strategies to design them. We posit that some local governments pursue more of an exploration strategy, by experimenting with a broad range of sustainability issues and policy instruments to address them, while others pursue a more exploitation strategy, by focusing on a limited range of sustainability issues and policy instruments. We assess these distinctions across 70 local governments and offer evidence that governments indeed vary in their sustainability strategies. Such variations have important implications for local governments’ ability to improve their sustainability conditions over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-175
Number of pages22
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • Sustainability strategy
  • local government
  • policy instruments
  • programme design
  • sustainability issues
  • sustainability programmes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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