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dc.contributor.authorMamede, Luís-
dc.contributor.authorTavares, António F.-
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T14:58:51Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T14:58:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.issn1477-7835por
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/15250-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – 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.por
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to express their sincere appreciation to their colleagues Idalina Baptista, Daniela Carvalho, and Walter Leal for their helpful comments and insights on a previous version of this paper. Diogo Tavares provided technical support for the aerial photography. The Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation provided financial support for this research. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Fundacao de Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT).por
dc.language.isoengpor
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limitedpor
dc.rightsrestrictedAccesspor
dc.subjectSustainable designpor
dc.subjectCitiespor
dc.subjectLocal governmentpor
dc.subjectSustainable developmentpor
dc.subjectPortugalpor
dc.titleThe effects of institutional design in program performance : promoting sustainable cities in Portugalpor
dc.typearticlepor
dc.peerreviewedyespor
dc.relation.publisherversionhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14777831111122905por
dc.commentsThe authors would like to express their sincere appreciation to their colleagues Idalina Baptista, Daniela Carvalho, and Walter Leal for their helpful comments and insights on a previous version of this paper. Diogo Tavares provided technical support for the aerial photography. The Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation provided financial support for this research. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Fundac¸a˜o de Cieˆncia e Tecnologia (FCT).por
oaire.citationStartPage330por
oaire.citationEndPage343por
oaire.citationIssue3por
oaire.citationTitleManagement of Environmental Quality: An Internacional Journalpor
oaire.citationVolume22por
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14777831111122905por
dc.subject.wosScience & Technologypor
sdum.journalManagement of Environmental Quality: An Internacional Journalpor
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