Community engagement or community action: choosing not to play the game

Whelan, James and Lyons, Kristen (2005) Community engagement or community action: choosing not to play the game. Environmental Politics, 14 5: 596-610. doi:10.1080/09644010500257888


Author Whelan, James
Lyons, Kristen
Title Community engagement or community action: choosing not to play the game
Formatted title
Community engagement or community action: choosing not to play the game
Journal name Environmental Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-4016
1743-8934
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09644010500257888
Volume 14
Issue 5
Start page 596
End page 610
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Environment movement organisations in Australia have experienced a frustrating honeymoon with deliberative governance. During the last three decades, conservationists have had increasing access to decision-making processes and forums. Since the 1980s, environmental decisions have generally involved public consultation and community engagement. Activist participants in these processes have tended, however, to over-estimate their potential to achieve conservation objectives through deliberative governance. And in many instances, environmental advocates have been coopted, institutionalised and neutralised. This case study of the major and successful campaign to control widespread landclearing in Queensland, Australia, examines failed community engagement. By rejecting both hierarchical, centralised decision-making and the inadequate engagement practices proposed by the state, activist groups mobilised community opinion and action to bring about an historic conservation win.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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