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Transparency and Leverage Points for Sustainable Resource Management

Transparency and Leverage Points for Sustainable Resource Management

Title: Transparency and Leverage Points for Sustainable Resource Management
Author: Gisladottir, Johanna   orcid.org/0000-0001-9540-200X
Sigurgeirsdottir, Sigurbjörg
Stjernquist, Ingrid
Ragnarsdottir, Kristin Vala   orcid.org/0000-0001-6958-0734
Date: 2022-12-14
Language: English
Scope: 979318
University/Institute: Agricultural University of Iceland
University of Iceland
Department: Faculty of Political Science
Series: Sustainability; 14(24)
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su142416801
Subject: corruption; leverage points; sustainable resource management; transparency; Computer Science (miscellaneous); Geography, Planning and Development; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Building and Construction; Environmental Science (miscellaneous); Energy Engineering and Power Technology; Hardware and Architecture; Computer Networks and Communications; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3847

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Gisladottir , J , Sigurgeirsdottir , S , Stjernquist , I & Ragnarsdottir , K V 2022 , ' Transparency and Leverage Points for Sustainable Resource Management ' , Sustainability , vol. 14 , no. 24 , 16801 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416801


The phrase ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant’ is commonly used to suggest that transparency can counter corruption and ensure accountability. In the policy world, several analytical tools have been developed to obtain information on what policy decision would bring about the biggest positive effect for the least amount of effort. There is a tendency to view transparency as the silver bullet in that respect. This paper aimed to shed light on how measures of transparency can serve as a leverage point for sustainable resource management. We begin by analysing the concept of transparency and then draw from Donella Meadows’ work on leverage points to analyse the transformative potential of increasing transparency towards sustainable resource management. We then demonstrate the use of this analytical approach by applying it to three case studies on resource management systems in Ukraine, Romania, and Iceland. The results suggested that transparency in resource management needs to be accompanied by widely accepted standards and accountability mechanisms for it to serve as an effective leverage point. If these factors are neglected, the credibility of transparency can be undermined. Prioritising transparency as a policy intervention to alleviate corruption risks, in the absence of accountability mechanisms and clear rules, might be misplaced, and require deeper leverage points.


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