Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: a managerial perspective

Enrico Guarini, Elisa Mori, Elena Zuffada

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Purpose – This article investigates how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be integrated into the strategic planning and management processes of local governments (LGs). It draws from the classic strategic planning and control framework developed in management studies and elaborates some propositions for adapting, implementing and monitoring the SDGs at the city level. Design/methodology/approach – As a first step in the assessment of the ways the principles of sustainable development can be integrated into LG management, this research scrutinizes the incorporation of sustainability goals in the strategic plans of all medium-to-large capital cities of provinces in Italy, a context in which there has been a National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) since 2016. Findings – The focus on SDGs at the LG level in Italy is in its initial stage, and few capital cities have started to integrate sustainable development concerns into their comprehensive strategic plans. SDGs are used mainly as a reference framework in the strategic plans to demonstrate the contribution of LG strategies to global concerns on sustainable development. Practical implications – The paper offers insights for political leaders and public managers to rethink their strategic management systems, including the continuous process of evaluating and updating of strategic plans, in accordance with the multidimensional perspective of sustainability. To this end, the study has identified possible patterns of actions that public managers elsewhere will find useful. Originality/value – The managerial approach behind the proposed conceptual framework might contribute to effectively localize the SDGs in multilevel government settings and to integrate the concept of sustainability as a guiding principle into organizational routines.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-19
Numero di pagine19
RivistaJournal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • Local government
  • Strategic planning
  • Sustainability management
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • cities


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