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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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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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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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“Litigation Is Our Last Resort”

Addressing Uncertainty, Undone Science, and Bias in Court to Assert Indigenous Rights

Bindu Panikkar

of procedural decision-making processes and environmental justice concerns. Far too often hazardous waste sites and polluting industries are disproportionality situated in close proximity to minority and low-income communities, exposing them to

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Richard Widick and John Foran

( Therborn 2016 ). Procedural experiments are conducted. The results are quantified and analyzed. Improvements are made. The result is a dialectical transformation of mass organizations and societies seeking perfection through continuous change but forever

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Achieving Indigenous Environmental Justice in Canada

Deborah McGregor

-Indigenous systems to resolve environmental injustices may not serve Indigenous peoples in the manner necessary and may in fact be to our detriment. Existing analytical frameworks for examining injustice take various forms, such as distributive and procedural

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Navigating Shifting Regimes of Ocean Governance

From UNCLOS to Sustainable Development Goal 14

Ana K. Spalding and Ricardo de Ycaza

. With the advent of the blue economy narrative (e.g., Burgess et al. 2018 ) and the use of governance planning tools such as marine spatial planning and ocean zoning (e.g., Sanchirico et al. 2010 ), the emphasis has shifted toward procedural efficiency

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A Crystal Ball for Forests?

Analyzing the Social-Ecological Impacts of Forest Conservation and Management over the Long Term

Daniel C. Miller, Pushpendra Rana, and Catherine Benson Wahlén

– 37 . doi:10.1023/a:1006803908149 . 10.1023/A:1006803908149 Grainger , Alan . 2012 . “ Forest Sustainability Indicator Systems as Procedural Policy Tools in Global Environmental Governance .” Global Environmental Change 22 ( 1 ): 147 – 160

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Regional and sub-regional effects on development policies

The Benelux and the Nordic countries compared

Lauri Siitonen

EU development agenda, such as gender, sustainable development, and policy coherence, which will make it difficult to make causal claims. Top-down Europeanization may refer to the effect of substantive policy norms, policy practices and procedural

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Ecosystem integrity and policy coherence for development

Tools aimed at achieving balance as the basis for transformative development

Harlan Koff, Miguel Equihua Zamora, Carmen Maganda, and Octavio Pérez-Maqueo

Multilateral incoherence Incompatibility between the development goals and procedural norms of international organizations such as the EU, OECD, the UN, and the international financial institutions Donor-recipient incoherence Incoherence between