Stephen Dovers argues that better public policy is the key to creating a more sustainable environment. Environment and Sustainability Policy: Creation, Implementation and Evaluation shows what this might involve. It is an intensely practical book, intellectually original and rigorous, and written in a concise and accessible style.
Dovers melds a deep knowledge of traditional public policy with a close understanding of the sustainability problems and an appreciation of the complex institutional systems which make up modern civil society. He establishes an operational framework for policy analysis and prescription, and provides ways of fulfilling key elements of an effective policy process:
- Problem framing – social debate, monitoring environmental change, handling uncertainty, analysing existing policy, scaling and framing policy problems.
- Policy framing – policy principles, the policy statement, policy goals.
- Policy implementation – policy instrument choice, implementation and communication planning, resources, enforcement and compliance, embedding policy monitoring.
- Policy monitoring and evaluation – ongoing monitoring, evaluation and review, ehhuyxtension and adaptation.
- Inclusion in public policy – coordination and integration, public participation, transparency and accountability, communication mechanisms.
- Institutional settings and reform for effective policy.