Addressing "Wicked Problems" through Governance for Sustainable Development - A Comparative Analysis of National Mineral Policy Approaches in the European Union

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). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper includes research related to the project COBALT (2013-2015), funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development(Project Grant Agreement Number: 603509).
Keywords: sustainable development; governance; mineral policy; policy strategy; wicked problems
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 08:53
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 17:57
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/83901/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6080

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