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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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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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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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A “Social Quality Observatory” for Central and Eastern European Countries?

Laurent J. G. van der Maesen

elaboration of a “procedural framework” for the SQA as an equivalent to the two older frameworks, namely the conceptual and the analytical. This allowed us to place the research that we carried out for Ukraine in the broader perspective of the CEE countries

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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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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

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A Case of “Good, but Could Do Better”

Dan Hough

filter into legal and procedural changes, and, until 1999, it was, for example, perfectly legal for companies in Germany to bribe foreign officials to gain contracts. Furthermore, these bribes were even tax deductible. By the turn of the twenty

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Tadashi Hirai

the constitutive interdependency between processes of self-realization and processes concerning the formation of collective identities within five frames of reference: the conceptual, the analytical, the procedural, the policy, and the normative

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The Rule of Law as a Condition for Development Toward Sustainability

Toward a New Legally Oriented Environment at a Global Level

Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini

of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, voidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency. ( UN 2004