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Competing Models and Visions of Global Order via Function Dominance

Configuring strategic dilemmas in intersectoral dialogue


See also commentary. These are all parts of a separate report (Configuring Globally and Contending Locally: shaping the global network of local bargains by decoding and mapping Earth Summit inter-sectoral issues, 1992, 5 mb PDF). For other tables on strategies see: confidence ploys; value-based; typology for sustainable development; Chinese strategems
The 6 hierarchical structures below may be viewed as caricatures of a set of currently competing world views. In each the "dominant" function (from table of inter-sectoral strategic dilemmas of sustainable development (Fig. 1a) tends to distort or suppress the operations governed by the "recessive" functions (in much the same way as the genene for "brown eyes" masks the expression of the gene for "blue eyes"). The challenge for sustainable development is to interweave the functional contributions so that all are both expressed and constrained under appropriate circumstances.

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