There has been a remarkable evolution in environment-related policy-making at both national and international levels during the ten years since the Report of the Brundtland Commission formulated its well-known appeal for sustainable development. This article examines three developments in industrialized countries which appear to be closely associated with national efforts to engage with sustainable development: (1) the preparation of national environmental policy plans and strategies for sustainable development; (2) the growth of patterns of multi-partite environmental governance; and (3) the emergence of Sustainable Cities and Local Agenda 21 initiatives. It is argued that these phenomena, as well as a series of other important changes in approaches to the management of environmental burdens now occurring in contemporary societies, require serious attention from political scientists.
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