The rise and rise of environmental NGOs: unforeseen risks to democratic environmental governance in Australia

Morrison, Tiffany and Lane, Marcus (2004). The rise and rise of environmental NGOs: unforeseen risks to democratic environmental governance in Australia. In: Proceedings of: Australasian Political Studies Association Conference. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Adelaide, South Australia, (). 29 September - 1 October, 2004.

Author Morrison, Tiffany
Lane, Marcus
Title of paper The rise and rise of environmental NGOs: unforeseen risks to democratic environmental governance in Australia
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
Conference location University of Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 29 September - 1 October, 2004
Proceedings title Proceedings of: Australasian Political Studies Association Conference
Place of Publication Adelaide, South Australia
Publisher Australasian Political Studies Association
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Current approaches to environmental policy and management in Australia designate non-government organisations (NGOs) an increasingly central role. This paper considers that the extent of NGO involvement, both formal and informal, in environmental governance is now so widespread, the magnitude of changes to democratic governance so far-reaching and the claims made of NGO participation so bold, that a critical gaze on NGOs is overdue. To foreground the analysis that follows, the paper interrogates the relationship between NGOs and civil society, and explores the structural transformation of western democracies which has provided the preconditions for the rise of NGOs in environmental governance. The paper then considers the diverse ways in which such NGOs are currently implicated in environmental governance in Australia and identifies a series of risks associated with these approaches when used uncritically. The paper concludes by calling for a more nuanced and critical appraisal of the role of NGOs in environmental governance which takes care to reserve political space for the articulation of diverse values and interests in environmental policy and management. NGOs, environmental policy, environmental management, environmental governance, democracy, civil society
Subjects 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Keyword NGOs
Environmental policy --Australia
Environmental management
Q-Index Code EX

 
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