Governance and Institutions

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Governance, at both the global and national levels, has long been an important
focus of international development efforts. However, while there is a
long history of global goal setting, there has been very little goal setting on
national governance and institutions. In this chapter we take a step back to try and clear up some conceptual confusion around the status of governance in international goal setting, as well as flag up the likely political challenges facing the SDGs. We evaluate the historical process of governance goal setting, progress in the area, and finally assess the current debates and propose the most important issues facing the future of governance and development goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development
EditorsJeff Waage, Christopher Yap
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherUbiquity Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-909188-44-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-909188-42-6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2015


  • Governance
  • Institutions
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • international development


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