Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance

Lockie, Stewart, and Higgins, Vaughan (2008) Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance. In: Munton, Richard, (ed.) The Rural: critical essays in human geography. Contemporary Foundations of Space and Place . Ashgate, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, pp. 459-469.

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Abstract

In the last 15 years, agri-environmental programmes in Australia have been underpinned by a neoliberal regime of governing which seeks to foster participation and 'bottom-up' change at the regional level at the same time as encouraging farmers to become entrepreneurial and improve their productivity and environmental performance without government interference. However, while experiencing a degree of success in terms of farmer involvement, considerable tensions are evident in such programmes. Drawing on an 'analytics of governmentality', this paper argues that while current agri-environmental programmes enable authorities to combine often competing and contradictory imperatives under the rubric of single political problems - what has been termed hybrid forms of governing - it also contributes to the continuing failure of these programmes to achieve their desired effects. As a consequence, neoliberal forms of governing tend to be characterised by experimentation with a range of governmental technologies in order to make programmes workable in practice. We explore two different types of technologies standards schemes and direct government regulation - that have emerged in recent years, and how these have sought to address the limitations evident in 'participatory' programmes. The paper concludes by arguing that while these initiatives seek to encourage farmer compliance in seemingly divergent ways, their capacity to be workable, and have broader effects, in practice will depend upon their capacity to manage the competing imperatives of environmental degradation, capital accumulation and private property rights.

Item ID: 30922
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: agri-environmental regulation; Governmentality; hybrid governance; legitimacy; standards
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This chapter was previously published as a journal article: Lockie, Stewart, and Higgins, Vaughan (2007) Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance. Journal of Rural Studies, 23 (1). pp. 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2006.09.011

ISBN: 978-0-7546-2721-0
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 03:27
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 100%
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