Methods for Analysing Steering Effects of Global Goals

Prajal Pradhan, Detlef P. Van Vuuren, Birka Wicke, Maya Bogers, Thomas Hickmann, Agni Kalfagianni, Julia Leininger, Lorenzo Di Lucia, Heleen van Soest, Anne Warchold, Caroline Zimm

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This chapter provides an overview of the multi-faceted landscape of methods used to study the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals. After a discussion of the political use of science and the complex relations between science and politics, the chapter showcases a selection of different methods that are employed to trace the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals. Selecting the most suitable method for a particular research question requires understanding their main characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. The chapter highlights that all methods and tools need to be combined to comprehensively assess the political impact of the goals, the progress towards their achievement, and their overall transformative potential. As data gaps and unequal geographical coverage still hamper a broader understanding of the political impact of the global goals, we need to build bridges across language communities, disciplines and methodological camps, which still work very much in isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Governance Through Global Goals?
EditorsFrank Biermann, Thomas Hickmann, Carole-Anne Sénit
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781009082945
ISBN (Print)978-1316514290
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

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

Free keywords

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • 2030 Agenda
  • Governance


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