Sustainable Development as a New World Order in Development Administration

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article
  • John, Abimikun
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 4
Number: 1 Pages: 114-138
Month: June
The vagueness of the concept of sustainable development, coupled with its increasing importance in national, international and corporate policies in development administration, has led to a large political battle for influence over our future by linking interpretation to the concept. This has resulted in a wide variety of definitions and interpretations that are skewed towards institutional and group prerogatives rather than compounding the essence of the concept, which has been inherent in traditional beliefs and practices. A systematic analysis of representative definitions and interpretations presented in this article reveals that most of the contemporary definitions focus on specific elements while failing to capture the whole spectrum as is expected in development administration. Such a historical and conceptual analysis focusing on the analysis of the metaphorical and epistemological basis of the different definitions is believed to be the first step towards developing a concrete body of theory on sustainability and sustainable development in development administration.