Local Government and Sustainable Development in the UK: Engaging the Local to Achieve the Global

Borne, Gregory (2020) Local Government and Sustainable Development in the UK: Engaging the Local to Achieve the Global. Routledge. (In Press)

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Abstract

Sustainable development is one of the 21st century’s most important concepts (Borne 2010; Borne 2018). The adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 has further embedded the concept on the international, national and local stage. Whilst the emphasis is on the achievement of targets in relation to the 17 goals the success or otherwise will rest on the ability to effectively communicate the central components of sustainable development to organisations and individuals around the world. The salience of the risks that are inherently represented within the discourse of sustainable development remains starkly under researched and under represented in policy frameworks. This book will explore the ability of sustainable devleopment and the global risks associated with it to effect real change at the global and local scales of analysis. Drawing on and advancing theoretical frameworks that emphasis risk and reflexive modernity (Borne 2010; 2017, 2018) this book will present data, discussion and recommendations from the largest and most detailed empirical research in the UK to explore sustainable devleopment and associated risks at the local, community and individual level. The focus of the research and analysis presented in this book is the local government tier of parish councils. There are over 10000 town in parish councils in England and Wales that sit at the heart of many local communities. Parish councils are the closest level of government to their communities and play a pivotal role in shaping these communities. They are constituent of and should be representative of these communities and are therefore best placed to understand local needs. With this in mind there is a significant lack of research that relates to parish councils and their ability to understand and respond to sustainable development related policies (Brownhill and Bradley 2017; Wills 2016). This book will argue that there needs to be a reconceptualization of parish councils that sit within not only local governance structures but are impacted by and impact upon global governance discourses. This book therefore identifies parish councils as a nexus point of multiple local and global networks that highlight the relationship between global and local dynamics. The book will argue that the research points to a poorly understood and so significantly underutilised tier of government that can directly address some of the most pressing problems that face society in the 21st Century. The book will bridge the divide between global and local scales of analysis provides an internationally relevant This book argues that there needs to be a discursive, structural and behavioural realignment if the SDGs are to have a realistic impact on local communities

Item Type: Book
Divisions: Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 09:21
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 09:21
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17360
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