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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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Global Goal Setting for Improving National Governance and Policy

Global Goal Setting for Improving National Governance and Policy

(p.75) 4 Global Goal Setting for Improving National Governance and Policy
Governing through Goals

Frank Biermann

Casey Stevens

Steven Bernstein

Aarti Gupta

Norichika Kanie

Måns Nilsson

Michelle Scobie

The MIT Press

The chapter focuses on the inclusion of “governance goals” in global goal-setting mechanisms, especially the Sustainable Development Goals, and is centred on a question; can better governance, in itself, be a subject for global goal setting? We focus in this chapter on three core qualities of governance, which are good governance, effective governance, and equitable governance. In our understanding, “good” governance focuses on qualitative characteristics of governance such as accountability, transparency, participation, and the rule of law. Effective governance looks at improving the overall problem-solving capacity of governance. Equitable governance focuses on the processes and distributive outcomes of governance, including the need to protect the interests of poor and vulnerable groups. The uncertain relationship between good, effective, and equitable governance shows the importance of monitoring indicators that are related to these concepts at various levels of aggregation, both in relation to particular goals and national or even local contexts.

Keywords:   Governance Goals, Good Governance, Effective Governance, Equitable Governance, Indicators, Monitoring

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