Quotation Endl, Andreas. 2017. Addressing “Wicked Problems” through Governance for Sustainable Development—A Comparative Analysis of National Mineral Policy Approaches in the European Union. Sustainability 9 (10), 1830


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The achievement of sustainable development (SD) in the supply of minerals poses significant challenges for governments and public administrations on all levels, because ensuring a sustainable supply constitutes a “wicked” problem that has no clear set of alternative solutions due to its social, institutional and scientific complexities. This paper explores how this problem is addressed through “governance for SD” principles (horizontal policy integration and participation; long-term vision/short-term action; and reflexivity and learning) in the design and delivery of national mineral policy strategies (NMS) in five EU Member States (Austria, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Sweden). Following a grounded theory approach on data collected through document analysis and complementary qualitative interviews, the author identified several analytical categories for the selected governance for SD’ principles. Although no “one-size-fits-all” recipe for best practice on governance for SD exists in the five NMS, Finland, Portugal and Sweden meet high standards: These NMS display practical examples of governance for SD integration and, thus, lay the foundations for achieving policy outcomes in the sectoral policy strategies of the mineral supply.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Sustainability
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title Addressing “Wicked Problems” through Governance for Sustainable Development—A Comparative Analysis of National Mineral Policy Approaches in the European Union
Volume 9
Number 10
Year 2017
Page from 1830
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/10/1830
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9101830
JEL Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13

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COBALT - COntributing to Building of Awareness, Learning and Transfer of knowledge on sustainable use of raw materials
MIN-GUIDE - Minerals Policy Guidance for Europe
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Endl, Andreas (Details)
Organization
Institute for Managing Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1909 Resource economics, - management (Details)
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5120 Policy analysis (Details)
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