Political Framework in the Alps
Implementing Knowledge on Public Policies – Making the Most of Local Potential
Adapted from ALEXANDRE et. al. (2006) and CIPRA (2007)
by Eva Favry, Rosniak & Partner GmbH
What sort of impact do policies and instruments have on the development of the Alpine regions? (Source: J. HEEB)
Introduction - The Guiding Questions
The future in the Alps depends directly or indirectly on policy instruments – on legislation, programmes or plans drawn up by the public sector. Public policies build a framework for various decisions taken by those public and private players who determine regional development. It is not just the measures adopted by the administration that are based on policy instruments; those instruments also determine the scope enjoyed by private individuals – by farmers, trade and service contractors or consumers. This tutorial gives an overview and sums up the current level of knowledge available on several public policies which are relevant for the future regional development in the Alpine regions. The guiding questions on this topic, asked by the CIPRA expert team, are:
What sort of impact do policies and instruments have on the development of the Alpine regions?
- How should these policies and instruments be adapted to contribute more effectively to sustainable development?
- How can local actors make a good use of their room for manoeuvre provided by public policies?
- How can the gap between targets and reality, between sustainability objectives and practical implementation be reduced? What is the contribution of policy evaluation ?