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Sustainability Indicators of Iran's Developmental Plans: Application of the Sustainability Compass Theory.

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

The main purpose of this study was to analyze Iran’s developmental plans in order to examine and compare their direction and conformity with the sustainable development theory via the compass of sustainability. The approach involves a content analysis used in line with qualitative research methodologies. The results indicated that, in the first developmental plans, there was no direct reference to sustainable development. In the second to fifth plans, the main focus was on the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of development; which were common elements seen in the policies of all the plans. An analysis of the fourth plan revealed that expressions related to sustainable development appeared more frequently, indicating a stronger emphasis on sustainable development by decision-makers.
Journal: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
Issue: 11
Volume: 7
Pages: 14647 - 14660
Publication year:2015
Keywords:sustainable development, sustainability assessment, development theory, content analysis