ERIC Number: EJ796485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Preceding Possibility? Examining Headline Composite Sustainability Indicators in the United Kingdom
Stapleton, Lee M.; Garrod, Guy D.
Social Indicators Research, v87 n3 p495-502 Jul 2008
Environmental equality, social justice and well-being are national headline indicators for the United Kingdom (UK), and community vibrancy is a rural headline indicator. All four of these indicators were designated as headline indicators prior to any robust definition or methodology for their measurement was articulated. Prior to the establishment of social justice and environmental equality as headline indicators, research commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs indicated that, at least in the foreseeable future, it would not be possible to operationalise these concepts as indicators of sustainable development. Research into well-being and community vibrancy also illustrated significant problems with their measurement, but in terms of these two indicators that research was carried out after their establishment as headline indicators. These findings illustrate problems with dialogue between the government and relevant experts: difficult to measure concepts have been erroneously designated as headline indicators for the UK.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development, Social Justice, Social Indicators, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Well Being, Community Characteristics, Community Action, Social Science Research, Environmental Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom