Participation and accountability

With democracy becoming an endangered species, is sustainability in peril? | A reflection by Sara Parkin, November 2018

With democracy becoming an endangered species, is sustainability in peril? | Sara Parkin, Nov 2018

In 2008, Sara Parkin wrote a ‘provocation’ for the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development: “Are Political Parties getting in the way of the sort of collaborative democracy we need to tackle sustainability? If so, what can we do about it?” Ten years later, she revisits her thinking "in the light", she says "of the corruption of our current democratic systems".

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Harnessing democracy and engagement for sustainable prosperity

As environmental crises become ever more severe, calls for authoritarian solutions are reappearing: Democracy, so the argument goes, has proven to be too slow to respond to urgent threats. In this paper, Marit Hammond and Graham Smith respond to this charge by revisiting the role of democracy within a transition to sustainable prosperity.

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Audit Committee report on Government’s lack of ambition on SDGs

The House of Commons Audit Committee recently published its report Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. The Committee is critical of the Government’s lack of ambition in embedding the SDGs. Throughout the report, the Committee refers to recommendations from the evidence provided by FDSD, particularly on the need for Cabinet-level leadership, partnership working and transparent reporting.

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Trump, sustainable development, and the J-curve

The election of Donald Trump as President of the Unites States, and his early actions as President - so reminiscent of his reality TV performances, but now with real and potentially destructive impact – have significance for the whole world, but they are of course the latest iteration of a populist trend which has been growing across the developed world....

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DIY Economics: Citizen Engagement on Economics | RSA workshop, 22 Feb 2017

  How can people identify more closely with the economy? How can they improve their understanding of the economy? How can they be more empowered to influence and change it? These are the leading questions for the recent ‘DIY Economics’ project. The RSA and Economy have developed a toolkit to “help citizens identify themselves within...

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