Special Issue "Government Policy and Sustainability"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Richard Matthew
Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-7075, USA
E-Mail: rmatthew@uci.edu
Phone: +1 949 824 9670
Interests: the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; climate change adaptation in conflict and post-conflict societies; transnational threat systems

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Since the publication of Our Common Future in 1987, government policy has been widely regarded as a key driver of sustainability, a perspective that received considerable attention at the recent Rio + 20 summit. This special issue invites submissions on all aspects of the complex relationships between government policy and sustainability. For example, what are the strengths and weaknesses of different levels of government from local and national to regional and international? How can policies be harmonized across levels of government? What are the prospects for greening public procurement and international trade? What are the best public practices for managing climate change and governing key resources such as water and energy? How can government policy address the challenges of environmentally induced population displacement and conflict? What government policies can promote sustainability in regions where resources are being privatized or land is being leased and purchased by foreign investors? What should be the government's role in sustainability education?

Prof. Dr. Richard Matthew
Guest Editor


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  • sustainability
  • government policy
  • green procurement
  • fair trade
  • natural resource management

Published Papers (5 papers)

by , , ,  and
Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 136-157; doi:10.3390/su6010136
Received: 24 September 2013; in revised form: 27 November 2013 / Accepted: 9 December 2013 / Published: 27 December 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4688-4705; doi:10.3390/su5114688
Received: 23 August 2013; in revised form: 23 October 2013 / Accepted: 30 October 2013 / Published: 7 November 2013
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by , ,  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 2991-3005; doi:10.3390/su5072991
Received: 10 May 2013; in revised form: 1 July 2013 / Accepted: 3 July 2013 / Published: 10 July 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(5), 2210-2232; doi:10.3390/su5052210
Received: 18 March 2013; in revised form: 24 April 2013 / Accepted: 28 April 2013 / Published: 14 May 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(1), 210-227; doi:10.3390/su5010210
Received: 27 November 2012; in revised form: 24 December 2012 / Accepted: 1 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013
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Last update: 21 February 2013

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