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Governing through GoalsSustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation$
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Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035620

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035620.001.0001

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Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting

Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting
Governing through Goals

Norichika Kanie

Steven Bernstein

Frank Biermann

Peter M. Haas

The MIT Press

This chapter lays out a research agenda to assess conditions, challenges, and prospects for the Sustainable Development Goals to pursue this aim. First, the chapter discusses goal setting as a global governance strategy. Second, to contextualize the Sustainable Development Goals, it discusses the unique nature of the modern challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals must confront and review the historical and political trajectory of sustainable development governance, including the evolution from a primarily rule-based to a more goal-based system and the experience of the earlier Millennium Development Goals. Third, the chapter reviews the negotiating history of the Sustainable Development Goals. Then, the chapter elaborate on how the chapters are organized to address the three questions that guide the book.

Keywords:   Governance through Goals, Global Governance, Sustainable Development Goals, Governance, Sustainable Development, Goal Setting, Rule Making, United Nations

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