Sustainability Assessment is a comprehensive compilation of all the known policy factors related to sustainability. This book outlines all of the elements and considerations of community aspects of policy evaluation in an effort to reduce the future consequences on resources and environmental sustainability. The basic assumption behind it is that sustainability, though oriented to resources and meeting demands, starts from formulation of policy. Policies are so interrelated that all policies have some roles to play toward sustainability.

Key Features

  • Helps policymakers integrate the objectives of sustainability into policy actions in a given socio-political environment and plan a strategy for policy implementation
  • Includes some policy factors that have not been discussed in other texts


Policy makers, academic researchers, students, NGOs

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Sustainability Assessment of Policy

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Rationale

1.3 Understanding Discourses

Chapter 2. Sustainability Climate of Policy

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Emergence of Policy Sustainability

2.3 Concept of Sustainability

2.4 Sustainability Initiative

Chapter 3. Characterizing Sustainability Assessment

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Resource System

3.3 Social System

3.4 Global System

3.5 Target Achievement

3.6 Accommodating Tradition and Culture

3.7 Selection of Instrument

3.8 Integration of Decision System

3.9 Responding to International Cooperation

Chapter 4. Considerations of Sustainability Assessment

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Socioeconomic Consideration

4.3 Consideration of System Peculiarities

4.4 Consideration of Component Peculiarities

Chapter 5. Issues of Sustainability Assessment

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Issues Related to Society

5.3 Issues Related to Policy Discourse

5.4 Issues Related to Actors

5.5 Black Boxing

Chapter 6. Components of Sustainability Assessment

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Social Adequacy

6.3 Scientific Adequacy

6.4 Status Quo

6.5 Policy Process

6.6 Policy Stimulus

6.7 Participation

6.8 Sectoral Growth

6.9 Resource Exploitation

6.10 Traditional Practices

6.11 Role of Actors

6.12 Framework Assessment

6.13 Scope Evaluation

6.14 Evaluation of Implementation

6.15 Instrument Evaluation

6.16 Structural Evaluation

6.17 Cause Evaluation

6.18 Cost Evaluation

6.19 Impact Assessment

6.20 Quantitative Approach

6.21 Anthropogenic Evaluation

6.22 Influence of Other Policies

Chapter 7. Linkages of Sustainability Asse


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"Sustainability Assessment: Context of Resource and Environmental Policy. By Mohammad Ali. Academic Press. Amsterdam (The Netherlands): Elsevier. $39.95 (paper). x 188 p.; ill.; no index. ISBN: 978-0-12-407196-4. 2013." - The Quarterly Review of Biology, Sep 2014