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Spatial approach to sustainable development: Challenges of equity and efficacy


  • Bertrand Zuindeau


Zuindeau B. (2006) Spatial approach to sustainable development: challenges of equity and efficacy, Regional Studies 40, 459-470. Examining sustainable development by favouring a spatial approach leads one to modify the definition of the challenges relating to this issue. The present paper considers the two challenges of equity and efficacy, and it tries to specify the variables that influence each of them in a spatial approach. In order to do this, it draws on the existing literature, highlighting the differences in treatment depending on the approach, and also stressing the weaknesses. Overall, it is believed that the spatial dimension exacerbates the contradictions that arise from the implementation of sustainable development, in particular the contradictions that are likely to appear between a logic of sustainability and a logic of competitiveness. The paper concludes by examining the question of governance. Zuindeau B. (2006) Approche spatiale du developpement durable: enjeux d'equite et d'efficacite, Regional Studies 40, 459-470. S'interesser au developpment durable, en privilegiant une optique spatiale, conduit a modifier la definition des enjeux relatifs a cette problematique. Le present article s'interesse aux deux enjeux que sont l'equite et l'efficacite et tente de preciser les variables qui, dans une perspective spatiale, les influencent l'une et l'autre. Pour ce faire, l'article s'appuie sur la litterature existante, montrant en l'occurrence les differences de traitement selon les approches et indiquant aussi les manques en la matiere. Au total, il apparait que la dimension spatiale exacerbe les contradictions qui naissent de la mise en œuvre du developpment durable, en particulier les contradictions susceptibles d'apparaitre entre une logique de durabilite et une logique de competitivite. L'article conclut sur la question de la gouvernance. Developpement durable, Approche spatiale, Equite, Efficacite Zuindeau B. (2006) Raumlicher Ansatz zu nachhaltiger Entwicklung: Herausforderung der Billigkeit und Wirksamkeit, Regional Studies 40, 459-490. Die Untersuchung nachhaltiger Entwicklung durch Bevorzugung eines raumlichen Ansatzes fuhrt zur Modifikation der Definition der diesbezuglichen Herausforderungen. In diesem Aufsatz werden die beiden Herausforderungen der Billigkeit und Wirksamkeit in der Absicht berucksichtigt, die Veranderlichen, die sie beide beeinflussen, in einem raumlichen Ansatz zu bestimmen. Zu diesem Zwecke wird Bezug auf die vorhandene Literatur genommen, wobei die unterschiedlichen Ansatze der Behandlung herausgestellt, und auch die Schwachen betont werden. Es wird die Aufflassung vertreten, dass die raumliche Dimension im grossen und ganzen die Widerspruche verscharft, die sich aus der Durchfuhrung nachhaltiger Entwicklung ergeben, vorallem die Widerspruche, die wahrscheinlich zwischen einer Logik der Nachhaltigkeit und einer Logik der Wettbewerbsfahigkeit auftreten. Abschliessend wird die Frage der Regierungsgewalt untersucht. Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Raumliche Ansatz, Billigkeit, Wirksamkeit Zuindeau B. (2006) Planteamiento espacial del desarrollo sostenible. Los desafios de la equidad y la eficacia, Regional Studies 40, 459-490. Si examinamos el desarrollo sostenible defendiendo un enfoque espacial tenemos que modificar la definicion de los desafios de este desarrollo. En este ensayo consideramos los dos desafios de equidad y eficacia e intentamos especificar las variables que influyen en cada una de ellas segun un planteamiento espacial. Para ello nos basamos en la literatura actual, resaltando las diferencias en el tratamiento en funcion del enfoque y tambien nos centramos en las debilidades. En general, creemos que la dimension espacial agrava las contradicciones que surgen de aplicar el desarrollo sostenible, especialmente en las contradicciones que pueden aparecer entre una logica de sostenibilidad y una logica de competitividad. Para terminar examinamos la cuestion de la gobernanza. Desarrollo sostenible, Enfoque espacial, Equidad, Eficacia

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  • Bertrand Zuindeau, 2006. "Spatial approach to sustainable development: Challenges of equity and efficacy," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 459-470.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:40:y:2006:i:5:p:459-470
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400600757437

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