Mainstreaming sustainable development in the OECD through indicators and peer reviews

Lehtonen, Markku (2008) Mainstreaming sustainable development in the OECD through indicators and peer reviews. Sustainable Development, 16 (4). pp. 241-250. ISSN 1099-1719

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The OECD sustainable development indicators are being used in the various OECD peer reviews so as to mainstream sustainable development. This article examines the ways in which the sustainable development indicators in the OECD economic surveys and environmental performance reviews (EPRs) have been used, and the types of learning they have engendered in the reviewed countries. Largely because of the deficiencies in the process of designing the indicator framework, the sustainable development sections in the economic surveys in 2001-2004 failed to be sufficiently salient, credible and legitimate to the key stakeholders to have an appreciable impact. The EPRs have empowered environmental authorities by legitimizing calls for stronger environmental policies, thereby generating government, social and policy learning. The EPRs will need to appeal to a broader range of stakeholders and thereby generate outside pressure. To do so, the EPRs should develop more standardized process and response indicators, allowing cross-country comparisons.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Markku Lehtonen
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:33
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 10:53
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