Evaluating governance for local sustainability : online tools for self-assessment

Joas, Marko, Evans, Bob and Theobald, Kate (2005) Evaluating governance for local sustainability : online tools for self-assessment. Progress in Industrial Ecology: An International Journal, 2 (3-4). pp. 440-452. ISSN 1476-8917

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/PIE.2005.007819


The shift from 'top-down' government to 'bottom-up' governance represents a gradual but profound change in the ways that local governments are expected to behave in relation to its citizens. This shift has an impact on the quality and flow of information from government to citizens, and it also implies the need for this flow of information to be a two-way process. This article considers how the proposed shift implies the need for evaluation processes within a relatively new cross-cutting policy area – sustainable development. Firstly, this article defines the political reasons for changes in the approaches toward local policy evaluation. Secondly, it discusses the evaluation principles that are useful in analysing public policy processes at local government level (such as Local Agenda 21) and describes a specific pan-European online self-evaluation tool for local authorities. Finally, it discusses the potential benefits and obstacles of such a tool for two different groups of end-users – local governments and their communities, and the scientific and policy communities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: A paper based upon European Commission funded FP5 research (LASALA : EVK4-2002-00549) assessing the technical, political and policy implications of web based sustainable development evaluation programmes.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development, local government, evaluation
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2008 16:34
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3143

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