Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Edited by
April 2019
248 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-832-9 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-833-6 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) and other private governance instruments (e.g., Fair Trade, Forest Stewardship Council, Fair Wear Foundation, GLOBALGAP) are increasingly regulating global production processes and economic activities. VSS verify the compliance of products or production processes with sustainability standards. The importance of voluntary sustainability standards is now widely recognized. After being operational for more than two decades, they have established themselves as private governance instruments. This recognition is also exemplified by their integration in public regulatory approaches. Governments and international organizations are partnering with voluntary sustainability standards to pursue sustainable development policies. We witness the integration of VSS in the regulatory approaches of local and national governments in countries around the world, the integration of VSS in trade policies, the emergence of public–private initiatives to govern global supply chains, and the inclusion of private initiatives in experimentalist governance regimes. This Special Issue seeks to bring together research on the interface between private and public governance. We welcome contributions which analyze specific case studies on the emergence and development of these private–public interactions, the design of public–private governance, the effectiveness of these governance arrangements, and critical perspectives on the possibilities and limitations of such public–private forms of governance. We welcome multi-disciplinary perspectives including contributions from economics, political science, law, sociology, geography, and anthropology. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

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public-private partnership (PPP); disaster notification system; flood disaster; information system success model; multiple criteria decision making (MCDM); user interests; relational norms; project performance; public-private partnership; PPP projects; collaboration; public–private partnership; drivers; process; implementation; sustainability; natural resource management; mountains; Sweden; infrastructure; PPP; sustainable development; sustainable behaviors; corporate social responsibility; signalling theory; information asymmetry; ISO 26000; sustainability standards; private governance; public-private governance; cocoa; value chain; voluntary sustainability standards (VSS); governance; public–private partnerships; multi-stakeholder initiatives; participation; trade unions; power resources; Costa Rica; pineapple; voluntary sustainability standards; trade policy; European Union; biodiversity; standards; sustainability; networks; hotspots; agriculture; VSS; public–private interactions; sovereignty; sustainability; palm oil; bibliometric analysis; China; PPPs; policy changes; sustainable development; n/a