Agri-political organisations in environmental governance: representing farmer interests in regional partnerships

Taylor, B. M. and Lawrence, G. A . (2012) Agri-political organisations in environmental governance: representing farmer interests in regional partnerships. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 14 4: 337-359. doi:10.1080/1523908X.2012.714565

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Author Taylor, B. M.
Lawrence, G. A .
Title Agri-political organisations in environmental governance: representing farmer interests in regional partnerships
Journal name Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-908X
1522-7200
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1523908X.2012.714565
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 337
End page 359
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Investigations of agri-environmental programmes and their implementation often overlook the contribution of agri-political organizations (APOs). They focus instead upon the experiences of individual farmers, or the potential of farmers to be environmental stewards, the strategies or particular policy instruments employed by governments, or the workings of cooperative planning committees at river basin scales. Over the last decade in Australia, the influence and involvement of APOs in initiatives such as regional natural resource planning and the implementation of water quality policies has increased markedly but has remained largely under-researched. This paper indicates the ways these groups are becoming more embedded in the politics and operation of environmental governance and outlines the new and contested roles these groups are now playing in Australian rural landscapes. Using the case of the ongoing implementation of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan, the paper explores tensions in the current arrangements and considers implications for ongoing participation of the farming sector in environmental governance. These tensions revolve around challenges to APOs’ traditional dialogic practices; interest-based models of representation; and their capacity to align with and operate within new territorial spaces of policy implementation, such as regions.
Keyword Australia
Agri-political organizations
Regional environmental governance
Water quality
Farmer interest groups
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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