Evaluation of sustainable development policy in the context of good governance: comparative analysis of Baltic countries
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Principles of good governance in evaluating sustainable development policies are highly important because they contribute to the long-term commitment and strategic objectives, policy coherence through vertical and horizontal coordination, open and transparent stakeholder participation and consultation process, and brings sustainable development policies and strategies closer to local communities and humans. The inclusion of good governance framework into sustainable development policy evaluation phase would increase the effectiveness of social, economic and environmental policies, strengthen the role of democratic institutions according to people's needs and improve infrastructure. Analysis of legislation and strategic documents of the Baltic countries revealed the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian mutual sustainable development and good governance objective of seeking human well-being, quality of life and cultural integrity in strengthening society and government, encouraging good behavior of citizens. An evaluation of sustainable development policy based on the analysis of sustainable development indicators revealed that in comparison with Latvia and Estonia, sustainable development policy in Lithuania is not sufficiently effective and there is a lack of trust and participation among citizens.
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