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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Sustainable Development and Governance
Sustainable development and governance
Introduction

The term ‘sustainable development’ is part of the common currency of public policy nowadays. International organizations, those at the level of the nation-state and the locality, within the private and public sectors all claim sustainable development as an objective. The adjective ‘sustainable’ has become so widely used in policy and marketing literature as to become almost meaningless. Indeed some consider that the parent term ‘sustainable development’ has lost any sense of coherent meaning through the multiple demands made of it. It is criticized for the inherent ambiguity that allows for so many different situations and possible futures to be described as contributing to ‘sustainable development’. It is tempting to relegate the term to a conceptual rubbish bin as ...

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