Transgovernance: The Quest for Governance of Sustainable Development  (2011)

Roeland J. in ‘t Veld. Potsdam: IASS. Project director: Louis Meuleman

transgovquestThis report is the first result of the project ‘Science for Sustainable Transformations: Towards Effective Governance’ of the Institute for Advanced Sustsinability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. It takes up the question of how to steer, advance, administer, and bring about sustainable developments on this globe. This report combines three notions for understanding contemporary societies in their transitions towards sustainability: reflexivity, knowledge democracy and that of the second modernity. These three ideas form the basis for the concrete recommendations that the authors offer in ten distinct areas. Until now, however, our world has not been apt for holistic governance; this is a condition that will intensify if we continue to apply the same governance features that were applied in the past. In this way, the report offers decision-makers and researchers alike a new perspective – without universal formula – for facing the challenges of our times.