Goal Conflicts – No Way Around Them
The Case for a Revision of the Integrative Concept of Sustainable Development
The Integrative Concept of Sustainable Development is amongst the most prominent attempts in German-speaking countries to operationalise the notion of sustainability. Since its development around the turn of the millennium it has been applied in numerous projects with a considerable impact. However, a critical analysis and revision of the concept is still pending – but would be necessary, not least in view of the arising application problems. This paper aims at contributing to this concern. I appears that the analyses of the Integrative Concept can also give new impulses to the sustainability debate in general as well as to the question of dealing with goal conflicts in particular. Most notably, the concept of sustainable development needs to be operationalised using satisficing norms which cannot be weighed up: Only these norms can guide the development of measures effective enough the realise a sustainable development.
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