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Special Issue "Public Governance and Administration for Sustainable Development in the Post-Covid-19 Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Hazards and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2023 | Viewed by 8674

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Dr. Itai Beeri
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School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
Interests: network leadership; local governance; regional democracy; turnaround management strategies; organizational citizenship behavior; spatial inequalities; central-local territoriality
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue is entitled 'Public Governance and Administration for Sustainable Development in the Post-Covid-19 Era.' By Governance, we mean a concept, practice or theory that is bigger than Governing, Government and Governability. By Sustainable Development, we mean in all aspects of policy areas, disciplines, approaches, ideologies and practices, and at all levels of government: local, regional, national and global. By placing Public Governance and Sustainable Development side by side, we seek to provide a stage for the conceptualization, exploration and empirical examination of the theoretical, normative and practical relationship between Public Governance and Sustainable Development, of how Public Governance impacts Sustainable Development and of how Sustainable Development impacts Public Governance. The main novelty is identifying the bridges, contradictions and relationships between these two founding concepts, based on the assumption that the world is not identical to what it was before the Covid-19 outbreak. By focusing on the post-Covid-19 era, we seek to expand the discource of prior research on the relationship between Public Governance and Sustainable Development. To do so, we will use the cutting edge insight, knowledge, empirical and analytical research, experience and wisdom that developed during the Covid-19 outbreak and that might have a positive impact on society, policy makers and academics who are stepping into the post-Covid-19 era.

Dr. Itai Beeri
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • public governance
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • policy-making
  • sustainable development
  • Covid-19

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Enhancing Policy Capacity for Better Policy Integration: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in a Post COVID-19 World
Sustainability 2022, 14(18), 11600; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141811600 - 15 Sep 2022
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The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN, in 2015, established a clear global mandate for greater integrated policymaking, but there has been little consensus on how to achieve them. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the role of policy capacity in [...] Read more.
The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN, in 2015, established a clear global mandate for greater integrated policymaking, but there has been little consensus on how to achieve them. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the role of policy capacity in mounting this kind of integrated policy response; however, the relationship between pre- and post-pandemic SDG efforts remains largely unexplored. In this article, we seek to address this gap through a conceptual analysis of policy integration and the capacities necessary for its application to the current SDG situation. Building on the literature on policy design, we define policy integration as the process of effectively reconciling policy goals and policy instruments and we offer a typology of policy integration efforts based on the degree of goal and instrument consistency including: policy harmonization, mainstreaming, coordination, and institutionalization. These forms of policy integration dictate the types of strategies that governments need to adopt in order to arrive at a more coherent policy mix. Following the dimensions of policy capacity by Wu et al. (2015), policy capacities are identified that are critical to ensuring successful integration. This information, thus, contributes to both academic- and policy-related debates on policy integration, by advancing conceptual clarity on the different, and sometimes, diverging concepts used in the field. Full article
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Sustainable Ship Management Post COVID-19 with In-Ship Positioning Services
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 369; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010369 - 30 Dec 2021
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COVID-19 is spreading out in the world now. Passenger ships such as cruise ships are very critical in this situation. Boats’ hazardous areas need to be identified in advance and managed carefully to prevent the virus. Therefore, this paper proposes for the first [...] Read more.
COVID-19 is spreading out in the world now. Passenger ships such as cruise ships are very critical in this situation. Boats’ hazardous areas need to be identified in advance and managed carefully to prevent the virus. Therefore, this paper proposes for the first time that three technologies are required to support the sustainable management of ships in the post-COVID-19 era. They are ship indoor positioning, close contact identification, and risk area calculation. Ship environment-aware indoor positioning algorithms are proposed for the first time for the moving ship environment, followed by a clustering algorithm for close contact identification. Then, the risk area is calculated using the convex hull algorithm. Finally, a sustainable management approach for ships post COVID-19 is proposed. Full article
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The Use of ICT by Local General Administrative Authorities during COVID-19 for a Sustainable Future: Comparing Five European Countries
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11765; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111765 - 25 Oct 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reshaped administrative relations and put emphasis on the digital transformation of public administration that is urgently needed to support a sustainable recovery from the pandemic crisis and future sustainable development in the post-pandemic era. This paper presents a [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reshaped administrative relations and put emphasis on the digital transformation of public administration that is urgently needed to support a sustainable recovery from the pandemic crisis and future sustainable development in the post-pandemic era. This paper presents a comparative study on the ways the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted general administrative authorities on the local level with respect to various aspects of their functioning and digitalization in five European countries. With a sample of 926 respondents from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia, the study shows that the pandemic-imposed changes are very similar in these countries. The results reveal that, except for Germany, the biggest problems of pandemic-related regulations are their obscurity. For all countries under study, parties to the procedures are shown to be the main driver of digitalization and not the public administration itself, generally lagging behind in this sense. Nevertheless, the pandemic has also created several potential opportunities, whereby public managers, especially in Germany, have acknowledged the importance of digitalization right after the protection of health, as confirmed by the wider use of ICT equipment, particularly in Germany and the Czech Republic. Moreover, Germany and Romania exhibit the greatest potential to accelerate digitalization. Finally, the critical factors influencing accelerated digitalization after the pandemic are also identified. The paper’s evidence-based findings could prove useful while formulating recommendations for the sustainable practices of public administrations during this and any future pandemic crisis. Full article
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