A comparative analysis of the transformation of governance systems: land-use planning for flood risk

Bell, Justine, and Morrison, Tiffany (2015) A comparative analysis of the transformation of governance systems: land-use planning for flood risk. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 17 (4). pp. 516-534.

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This paper seeks to address a deficit in the literature by undertaking a comparative case analysis of two governance systems for flood-prone areas in the state of Queensland, Australia, where flood governance consisted of two different regimes: adaptive and precautionary. We compare the evolution and characteristics of the two regimes, with a focus on each regime's ability to detect change, interact across scales and transform after the 2011 flood disaster in Queensland. We find that the challenges for adaptive governance include ad hoc successes, a lack of overarching guidance and regulation, and limited capacity to exploit results, but the challenges of moving to a precautionary style are also substantial. We argue that an adaptive–precautionary typology has limited utility, and that empirical evidence at the local–regional scale demonstrates a mix of both which are heavily path-dependent. The grand assumption that governance in general should move from precaution and hierarchy to adaptiveness and networks is far more complicated at the local–regional scale. Given the dominant preference globally for incrementalism and softer ways of governing, we call for further research on how adaptive modes of governance might be both reinforced by and scaled up over time to achieve more precautionary overarching strategies.

Item ID: 39089
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1522-7200
Keywords: governance, planning, flood risk, resilience, scaling up
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Super Science Fellowship FS110200005
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 06:28
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics @ 35%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
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