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Organizing regionally for natural resource management in Australia : reflections on agency and government

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by S Moore, Susan RockloffSusan Rockloff
The Australian Government is leading efforts to affect nationwide changes in how natural resources are managed, specifically the country’s agricultural areas and rangelands. The focus is organising regionally, with community-based groups planning for and managing the delivery of millions of dollars of resource management works. This paper analyses these arrangements from the ideal of democratic decentralisation, drawing on interviews with key informants in two Australian states (Victoria and Western Australia) and participant observation. Centring the analysis on representation, accountability, fairness and the secure transfer of power indicates that this ideal is far from being achieved. Although unachieved, opportunities for agency by local people exist and continue to develop. Given the strong directing roles of the Australian Government in these regionalising efforts, the paper concludes with comments about their potentially important role in progressing democratic decentralisation.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

8

Issue

3

Start Page

259

End Page

277

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1522-7200

ISSN

1523-908X

Location

London, UK

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; School of Environmental Science; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.