Author(s): J. M. Prado, I. M. García & B. Cuadrado
The implementation of urban sustainability practices is affected by political
obstacles, in that the policy or the objectives sought either involve the deflection
of resources initially allocated to other groups or are contrary to the concerns
pursued by interest groups who have the power to veto them by exerting pressure
on the party in power.
In this sense, the aim of this paper is to evidence the
impact that political factors have on cities’ sustainability, and the effect of the
latter on cities’ business development.
The results obtained showed that political
competition has a positive effect on cities’ sustainability, while a leftist ideology
has an inverse impact.
On the other hand, a significant direct relationship has
been observed between urban sustainability and municipal economic activity.
urban sustainability, city's quality of life level (QOL), economic
development, sustainable development, social sustainability, sustainability
practices, political factors.
In the 1980s and 1990s, cities contributed to the growth and development of the
global economy but, paradoxically, did little to provide a basis for long-term
sustainable urban growth (Konvitz ).
Their behaviours are quite contradictory
since cities’ sustainability widely impacts business recruitment and investment
(Glaser ; Insch and Florek ), parameters that could have a positive feedback
effect on QOL.
Political factors are one of the obstacles to the implementation of urban
In this sense, Hogwood and Gunn  argue that the
policy or the objectives sought could involve a deflection of resources initially
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100041
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