The book discusses how to tackle long-term social and ecological problems by using different environmental governance approaches to creating sustainable development. It explores opportunities and requirements for the governance of long-term problems, and examines how to achieve a lasting transformation.

When investments are made to mitigate climate change or preserve biodiversity, future generations can reap benefits from the efforts of the present generation. However, long-term social-ecological change towards sustainable development is disrupted by the fact that the costs and benefits of action are seen by different generations. With a global focus that includes case studies from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, this book attempts to address the difficulty of developing and implementing effective long-term governance solutions. The authors examine what distinguishes long‐term problems from other policy problems, what governance responses are available and used, and how different governance mechanisms, namely economic incentives, participation, as well as knowledge and learning, help to address them.

Combining the perspectives on the different governance approaches and featuring cases studies on national, regional and global issues, Long-Term Governance for Social-Ecological Change will be of interest to policy-makers, students and scholars of global environmental governance, development, sustainability, politics, economics, law and sociology.

part 1|63 pages

Institutions and governance mechanisms

chapter 2|18 pages

The role of expertise in environmental governance

Theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence

chapter 4|19 pages

Governance in the face of socio-ecological change

A legal response

part 3|72 pages


chapter 8|13 pages

From interest consultation to collective knowledge production

The influence of participation on EU environmental governance

chapter 10|20 pages

Participation beyond the state

Why some environmental NGOs partner with business, and others do not

chapter 11|19 pages

Participatory scenarios in developing and implementing long-term policies

Potential benefits and attributes of influence

part 4|68 pages

Knowledge and learning