Local Knowledge | Qualitative Big Data | Global Change
The concept of SEVeN is based on summarizing field based case studies. A number of case studies have been included in our recent book publication where we identified the challenges of top-down and bottom-up approach of environmental governance.
This book analyzes how governance and climate change adaptation—both integral to sustainable development—operate outside the bureaucratic apparatus of the state. It examines the participatory development vis-à-vis ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches to sustainable development and looks at a possible ‘middle-out’ approach to resolving the challenges to sustainable development. The book also includes case studies from India and Bangladesh, which show that community-level factors such as social and cultural capital are key to the success of sustainable development efforts.
In the introductory chapter of the book, we have summarized the concept of sustainable development and highlighted the features of top-down and bottom-up approaches. In this chapter we have also discussed the strength of case studies.
Zavestoski, S. & Swarnakar, P. (2017) Governance for Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene: Lessons from Case Studies in India and Bangladesh. in Bottom-up Approaches in Governance and Adaptation for Sustainable Development: Case Studies from India and Bangladesh edited by P. Swarnakar, S. Zavestoski, & B. K. Pattnaik. SAGE Publications, New Delhi. PDF
After describing multiple case studies from a varity of geographical location of India and Bangladesh, we concluded with a innovative model of “middle-out” approach. Check the blog post here
Zavestoski, S. & Swarnakar, P. (2017) Neither ‘Top-down’ nor ‘Bottom-up’: A ‘Middle-out’ Alternative to Sustainable Development in Bottom-up Approaches in Governance and Adaptation for Sustainable Development: Case Studies from India and Bangladesh edited by P. Swarnakar, S. Zavestoski, & B. K. Pattnaik. SAGE Publications, New Delhi. PDF