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Magnus Boström, Åsa Casula Vifell, Mikael Klintman, Linda Soneryd, Kristina Tamm Hallström, and Renita Thedvall

The synergies and trade-offs between the various dimensions of sustainable development are attracting a rising scholarly attention. Departing from the scholarly debate, this article focuses on internal relationships within social sustainability. Our key claim is that it is difficult to strengthen substantive social sustainability goals unless there are key elements of social sustainability contained in the very procedures intended to work toward sustainability. Our analysis, informed by an organizing perspective, is based on a set of case studies on multi-stakeholder transnational sustainability projects (sustainability standards). This article explores six challenges related to the achievement of such procedures that can facilitate substantive social sustainability. Three of these concern the formulation of standards and policies, and three the implementation of standards and policies. To achieve substantive social sustainability procedures must be set in motion with abilities to take hold of people's concerns, frames, resources, as well as existing relevant institutions and infrastructures.

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Transnational Politics in Video Games

The Case of German Military Intervention in “Spec Ops: The Line”

Justin Court

games, the medium has long offered a mirror to society alongside other cultural forms. It does so with the unique expressiveness born of visual and textual rhetoric combined with “procedural rhetoric,” that is, persuasion structured into computational

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

rationale of political/legal, economic, cultural, and environmental processes in societies that aim to cope with their interpretations of mainstream contemporary challenges. The distinction between these processes concerns the main subject of the procedural

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Ehsan Nouzari, Thomas Hartmann, and Tejo Spit

The underground provides many spatial planning opportunities as it offers space for structures, but also functions as a resource for energy. To guide developments and use the capabilities the underground provides, the Dutch national government started a policy process for the Structuurvisie Ondergrond (a master plan). Stakeholders are involved in the policy process because of the many interests linked to underground functions. However, past policy processes related to the underground dealt with lack of stakeholder satisfaction. This article explores a quantitative approach by focusing on (a) statistical testing of four criteria of interactive governance and (b) using said criteria to evaluate the satisfaction of stakeholders in a policy process. This article highlights the usefulness of a more quantitative approach and provides new insights into the relation between interactive governance and the procedural satisfaction of stakeholders. It also provides insights that help to improve interactive governance in terms of process management to achieve greater procedural satisfaction.

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Continuing Formalization of Coalition Formation with a New “Sound”

Negotiating the Coalition Contract after the 2021 Bundestag Election

Sven T. Siefken

Getting a new government together in Germany requires building a coalition. The process for doing so has evolved, becoming more institutionalized but remaining part of informal politics. Looking closely at the coalition building in 2021 shows that its organizational structure was vertically slimmer and horizontally more differentiated than in previous years. The role of parliamentary actors was more pronounced than before, and parliamentary organization was mirrored throughout it. Yet the strong inclusion of the Länder (party) perspectives prevailed, making coalition building a multi-level task. While the process in 2021 had more procedural transparency than before, its content remained largely out of public sight. At defined steps, party approval was gathered through formal votes. Whether the established account of better personal trust among the involved partners is more than a nice narrative remains to be seen in the analysis of the coalition’s governing practice.

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“Voluntary Return” without Civil Society?

How the Exclusion of Nongovernment Actors from the Austrian and British Return Regimes Affects the Quality of Voluntariness

Reinhard Schweitzer

dimensions; secondly, that even within an overall restrictive and oppressive regime, implementing actors can increase the quality of voluntariness in all its dimensions by upholding certain ethical and procedural standards; and thirdly, that doing this

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Marco Sonnberger and Michael Ruddat

acceptance object and their outcomes ( Devlin 2005 ; Dreyer and Walker 2013 ; Ellis et al. 2007 ; Langer et al. 2016 ). Researchers usually differentiate between the two dimensions of procedural and distributive fairness. While procedural fairness refers

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Marco Ricceri

dimension. With this four-dimensional distinction, we follow the SQA's procedural framework ( IASQ 2019 ). This distinction is recently applied for analyzing processes of societal transformation in Ukraine ( Novakova 2017 ). Regarding BRICS, the related

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Tuna Tales

Narratives that Persuade as They Explain International Fisheries Management

D. G. Webster

country's quota or otherwise get a “better deal.” Diplomatic language, procedural maneuvering, and grand parties funded by industries or governments are par for the course at ICCAT meetings. And, as Telesca mentions, usually the people who are most

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

transformations (see Figure 1 ). The first version of Figure 1 was published five years ago ( Van der Maesen 2013 ). Further hypothesized is that with the help of this analytical procedural and instrumental approach, issues of sustainability can be connected