Democratic decentralization of environmental governance: insights from catchment management in Australia

Fidelman, Pedro I.J. (2008) Democratic decentralization of environmental governance: insights from catchment management in Australia. In: Proceedings of UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy. From: UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, 10-11 May 2008, New Haven, CT, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Decentralization involves the formal transfer of powers from a central government to actors and institutions at lower levels in a political-administrative and territory hierarchy (e.g., Agrawal and Ribot, 1999; Ribot, 2002; Larson and Ribot, 2004). It includes different types of policy reforms aiming to shift powers from centralized to more localized institutions, such as sub-national units of administration, local government, the civil society and/or local user groups (Meinzen-Dick and Knox, 2001).

In Australia, approaches to environmental governance emphasizing participatory and decentralized forms of decision-making have been experienced over the last 15 years or so. Currently, such approaches provide the basis for considerable investment in natural resource management across the country (CoA, 2002). These governance “experiments” have been taking place in an institutional context that has been changing frequently and rapidly, as many states have, particularly in recent years, reviewed legislative and administrative arrangements for natural resource management (Pannell et al., 2004).

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Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 04:04
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 35%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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