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TitleThe effects of institutional design in program performance : promoting sustainable cities in Portugal
Author(s)Mamede, Luís
Tavares, António F.
KeywordsSustainable design
Cities
Local government
Sustainable development
Portugal
Issue date2011
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
JournalManagement of Environmental Quality: An Internacional Journal
Abstract(s)Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate the effects on implementation and performance of different designs of public programs to promote sustainability goals. Design/methodology/approach – The study selects eight local sustainability programs in Portugal using two different program designs and compares several indicators of performance in terms of program implementation, outputs, and outcomes. Findings – Cities using the top-down approach to programmatic intervention are more successful in accomplishing sustainability goals than cities engaging in the bottom-up approach. The second program design produced more visible physical outputs, whereas the first effectively achieved sustainability goals. Practical implications – The main policy implication of the study is that program design and structure are decisive to achieve sustainability goals. In the case of Programmatic contracts run by general-purpose local governments, the incentive structure facilitates the appropriation of goals for electoral purposes by local officials. The Programmatic contracts are administered by local government officials who are primarily concerned with economic revitalization and delivering tangible infrastructure. The sustainability label should be removed from these initiatives. Originality/value – The paper shows that the incentive structure created by program design features influences the achievement of sustainability goals by local communities.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/15250
DOI10.1108/14777831111122905
ISSN1477-7835
Publisher versionhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14777831111122905
Peer-Reviewedyes
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