Interlinkages, Integration and Coherence

Måns Nilsson, Marjanneke J. Vijge, Ivonne Lobos Alva, Basil Bornemann, Karin Fernando, Thomas Hickmann, Michelle Scobie, Sabine Weiland

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


This chapter focuses on the national level and studies interlinkages, institutional integration and policy coherence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. After defining key terms, the chapter reviews how perspectives on interlinkages have shaped a new discourse, followed by an analysis of the steering effects of the global goals on institutional integration and policy coherence. The chapter finds that some measures have been taken by national governments to advance institutional integration through coordination by central agencies and inter-ministerial exchanges. Growing policy coherence, however, is not clearly observable. Existing barriers in political-administrative systems preventing institutional integration and policy coherence have not vanished with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although recent studies have considerably enhanced knowledge on the conceptual understanding of interlinkages, integration and coherence, empirical data about how these concepts play out in practice at national level is still very limited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Governance Through Global Goals?
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781009082945
ISBN (Print)9781316514290
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Free keywords

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • 2030 Agenda
  • Governance


Dive into the research topics of 'Interlinkages, Integration and Coherence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this