Catalysing social sustainability
For thousands of years, governments have used a combination of legislation, regulation and social norms to influence the behaviour of their citizens. The extent to which governments attempted to become involved in the lives of citizens has varied from country to country, as has the level of involvement that was considered acceptable. Often, the two were different.
More recently, there is evidence of a broader consensus that it is acceptable for government to influence behaviour, particularly in areas such as sustainability and environmental protection, but also on equality issues and public health. Indeed, it can be argued that promoting and enabling sustainability is a new role on which governments must deliver. ...