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Research topic: Governance for Sustainable Development

The importance of governance has been increasingly recognised in efforts to achieve poverty reduction and environmentally sustainable development.


The exercise of power

Recently the terms "governance" and "good governance" have been increasingly used in development literature. Bad governance is regarded as one of the root causes of social and economic problems. Major donors and international financial institutions are often base their aid and loans on the condition that reforms that ensure "good governance" are undertaken. The study of governance is concerned with the way power is exercised, at a global, national, local and even household level.

SUMs research on governance

  • Examines how states, multilateral organizations, private companies, investors, and other non-state actors exercise power in different institutional settings, and how this influences governance outcomes.
  • Studies the interplay between political, economic, socio-cultural and institutional factors in governance processes, so as to identify their influence on development and the environment.
  • Investigates the emergence, effectiveness, and legitimacy of governance processes in areas significantly shaped by globalization, including public health, climate change, and human rights.


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Published Aug. 17, 2011 3:55 PM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2017 9:00 AM