Panel 1

Panel 1 - Open


Kristina J├Ânsson ( Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden

Magdalena Bexell ( Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden


Title & Content:

The SDGs in a North-South Comparative Perspective


A key characteristic of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is that they raise challenges for all countries, emphasising that the responsibility for goal realisation lies with national governments. High-income countries now also need to implement and report on globally agreed development goals, and the SDGs increasingly affect international development cooperation and aid priorities in relationships between richer and poorer countries. The panel welcomes papers exploring this shift through case studies with a focus on topics related to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda. Papers can contain single country case studies or comparative case studies. They can explore the SDGs in domestic politics and/or how countries engage with the SDGs internationally. We welcome country cases from the North and the South, but also studies focusing on the role of the SDGs in development cooperation between two or more countries. In order to facilitate comparison across countries, we encourage papers to include one or more of the following aspects: 1) Policy processes and political institutions at the national level. This could include, for example, issues of ownership of the 2030 Agenda and how the SDGs face politics at national and local levels; 2) Issues related to legitimacy, responsibility, accountability, and review of the SDGs. This might concern the role of both public and private actors, such as civil society, experts and business; 3) Key substantive challenges of realising the 2030 Agenda. This can include goal conflicts among SDGs as well as the identification of contextual country factors. In sum, a panel with a range of country cases will enable panel participants to compare the politics of the SDGs across countries with different positions in the international system, enabling conclusions on how such goals are influenced by broader global divides.