Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dale Miller

Second Advisor

Steve Vanderheiden

Third Advisor

Krister Andersson

Abstract

Green development offers an attractive alternative to the resource-intensive growth pursued by today’s developed countries; it allows development processes to be augmented with sustainable measures complementary to long term growth and STI policy investment may be ancillary to that. This paper seeks to answer the following two part question: How is the presence and strength of a country’s national green development plan related to its investment in STI policies? And what role do historical, geographic, political, social, and economic factors play in explaining the adoption of such policies? A multi-level comparative analysis is used in this research to test the hypothesis that higher investments in STI will lead to stronger green development plans. Although the findings of this analysis suggest no direct correlation between the two variables, they do illustrate the importance of a variety of driving factors, particularly political ones, in leading to the creation of specific national plans for sustainable development.

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