Regionalism as resistance: Governance and identity in Western Australia's Wheatbelt

Taylor, B. M. (2012) Regionalism as resistance: Governance and identity in Western Australia's Wheatbelt. Geoforum, 43 3: 507-517. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.11.004


Author Taylor, B. M.
Title Regionalism as resistance: Governance and identity in Western Australia's Wheatbelt
Journal name Geoforum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-7185
1872-9398
Publication date 2012-05
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.11.004
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 507
End page 517
Total pages 11
Editor Robin Roth
Wolfram Dressler
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Extensive rural regions are facing major socio-economic, political and environmental change from the dual effects of agricultural restructuring and environmental degradation. While central governments often rely on regional level policy responses, local actors, such as rural local governments may resist these ‘top-down’ initiatives. This paper examines the oppositional response of 34 rural local governments to state-led regionalisation for economic development and natural resource management in the extensive and sparely populated Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. The analysis explores how state threats of amalgamation; shifting national policy empathies in rural development; and, local preferences for horizontal rather than vertical forms of cooperation are influential in catalysing a brand of defensive regionalism amongst local government actors. Adopting this defensive posture allowed local actors to both buffer state intervention and improve the effectiveness of their own cooperative planning and management activities for sustainable development. These observations are interpreted through concepts of collective identity formation, providing an analytical perspective that is sensitive to the inter-scalar politics in rural governance.
Keyword Regionalism
Regionalisation
Local government
Avon River Basin
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 9 December 2011. THEMED ISSUE: The Global Rise and Local Implications of Market-Oriented Conservation Governance.

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