Multiscalar Governance and Regional Environmental Management in Australia

Morrison, T. H. (2007) Multiscalar Governance and Regional Environmental Management in Australia. Space and Polity, 11 3: 227-241. doi:10.1080/13562570701811551

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Author Morrison, T. H.
Title Multiscalar Governance and Regional Environmental Management in Australia
Journal name Space and Polity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-2576
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13562570701811551
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 227
End page 241
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract At a moment when regionalisation and regionalism are being widely promoted across a range of policy sectors, this paper argues that much regional activity, including regional environmental management, is often the product of interactions, resources and opportunities at other scales. The paper shows how local and extra-regional interactions, resources and opportunities influence environmental management at the regional level in Australia by the development of a case analysis of Far North Queensland. It finds that much of the current thinking about regionalisation and regionalism ignores these multiscalar dimensions. This can impede and undermine efforts to manage the environment effectively at the regional level. The paper identifies some opportunities to improve regional environmental management activities in Australia and draws out the broader implications for other policy sectors and other countries embracing the movement towards regionalism/regionalisation. The relationship between governance by network at the regional level and the power and control of central government is highlighted. The paper also calls for further research into how governments and other actors successfully manage multiscalar relations of governance in order to promote (or impede) specific public policy initiatives.
Keyword Local government
Environmental policy
Environmental management
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Special Issue: The Politics of Urbanism and Regionalism in Australia and New Zealand

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