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On the possibility of sustainability and democracy in advanced industrial nations

of competition in global markets. The need to secure continued economic growth and social welfare for the citizen forces them to secure hegemony for the strategy of ecological modernisation. This fencing in of the discourse makes environmental policy fully compatible with the logic of global market competition, thus most probably blocking the move towards rational ecological governance (Jansen, Osland and Hanf 1998:292 ff., 313 ff.). Another view is found in Implementing Sustainable Development – Strategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies. Building on

in Sweden and ecological governance

achieving these goals. Each partner equitably contributes their expertise and shares responsibility and ownership to enhance understanding, integrate the knowledge gained, with action to improve the well-being of community members and foster sustainable development. Building linkages between research and community development Context This study was a collaboration between Mountain Development Research Centre (MDRC) of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU), Srinagar, Uttarakhand; Himalayan Action Research Centre (HARC); and Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Experiences from higher education institutions

. (2003a) point to three distinct dimensions of CBR: (1) collaboration between academics and community members; (2)  legitimation of multiple modes of knowing in the creation and dissemination of the knowledge created; and (3) a normative goal of social change. CBR can be understood as a union of two important traditions within higher education which have sought to make university resources and capacities available for community needs. The first, participatory action research (PAR), has long sought to make the research capabilities of HEIs accessible to marginalized

in Knowledge, democracy and action
What contribution to regional security?

assist in the formulation of clear economic objectives for the region towards the supplementary goal of conflict prevention and management. The BSEC process of region building could also lead to the redefinition of the identity, interests and capacities of its member-states, which would, in turn, help create conditions for a system of institutionalised negotiation or conflict resolution that would enhance regional security and stability. The area where the BSEC can make a positive contribution is in postconflict rehabilitation of conflict zones. The area covered by

in Limiting institutions?

physical safety or even survival. When people are most uncertain or insecure in their identities, normally trivial items or actions can become evidence of friend or foe, and justification for alliance or attack. Because the costumes and scenery with which humans construct and cultivate their identities constitute their social existence, different costumes and scenery, different identities, have the capacity to disconcert or antagonise, and to be the soil of conflict, just as readily as they can construct, cultivate, and confirm social existence and security. Even if

in Cultivating political and public identity

task to someone who had the capacity to handle it. 2.2 Squatted building alongside a canal in the Jordaan neighborhood, 2006 In Chapter 1 , I considered why few squatters engage in strategic manipulation despite its rewards. I concluded that the hierarchical process of knowledge transference when learning strategic manipulation skills was unappealing and intimidating, leading most squatters to claim that strategic manipulation is “too much work.” As a

in The autonomous life?
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other familiar contextual components of solidarity. Troops overseas: have not only been stripped of almost all of marks of their individuality (clothings, jewelry, coiffure), but because they are in a remote land, they also feel bereft of those material representations of their culture that are embodied in architecture and in linguistic forms (familiar buildings, signs, advertising). Under such circumstances, which can be alienating, objects that can ‘carry’ a displaced sense of culture, such as

in Cultivating political and public identity
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to develop a normative theory of democracy for a world in which jurisdictions are predominantly non-territorial and only a minority of people are sedentary within any set of political borders. I didn't do so in chapter 1 because I suspect that I would end up describing a dystopia rather than an ideal and the exercise might then discourage the building of bridges starting from current conditions. Including (all?) affected interests

in Democratic inclusion
Structures and spaces

, as well as a set of policies. They need to be catalysts for action by other government ministries and the agency that builds the capacity of other government ministries. To undertake this capacity-building function in other institutions, as well as of itself, is a formidable task for which sophisticated political and bureaucratic skills are required. Furthermore, NWMs are expected to work with international donors, develop coherent strategies, and manage the process of policy advocacy and relations with other institutions, while delivering programmes directly to

in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?

capacity-building in this first phase of reform. Phase 2 (1998–2001): Red–Green efforts at reform Against this background, fresh efforts were made to re-focus the reform of the Bundeswehr in the immediate wake of the Federal elections of September 1998, efforts were then given greater impetus by the 1999 war in Kosovo and the lessons drawn from it for the future of European security. The Kosovo experience exposed the serious deficiencies in Europe’s collective ability to present a common voice on foreign policy questions and to project armed force without recourse to US

in Germany and the use of force