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Governance for Sustainable Development

The importance of governance has been increasingly recognised in efforts to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development. This area focuses on the way power is exercised in policy processes and negotiations between states, multilateral organisations, private companies and other non-state actors.


Governance is concerned with the way power is exercised, and the rules and institutions – both formal and informal – that govern behaviour in different arenas. This research area has earlier been concerned with developing a conceptual framework for, and generate knowledge about, policy processes, governance and negotiations between states, multilateral organisations, private companies, and other non-state actors. The main aims of current projects are;

  • To apply some of the insights gained to particular sectors, and to selected countries, on a comparative basis, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.
  • To examine  how states, multilateral organizations, private companies, investors, and other non-state actors exercise power in different institutional settings, and how it influences governance outcomes.
  • To study the interplay between political, economic, socio-cultural and institutional factors in governance processes, and identify its influence on development and the environment.
  • To investigate the emergence, effectiveness, and legitimacy of governance processes in areas significantly shaped by globalization, including public health, climate change, and human rights.


Tags: Global South
Published Sep. 14, 2011 4:28 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2017 3:16 PM