Decentralisation and environmental management in Australia: a comment on the prescriptions of The Wentworth Group

Lane, Marcus B., McDonald, G.T., and Morrison, T.H. (2004) Decentralisation and environmental management in Australia: a comment on the prescriptions of The Wentworth Group. Australian Geographical Studies, 42 (1). pp. 103-115.

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Abstract

The prescriptions of The Wentworth Group of scientists for delivering improved environmental management and remediation are reviewed against the backdrop of international experience with decentralisation. The Group's preferred means of implementation — here referred to as decentralised regionalism — is examined and shown to be idealised and therefore naive to its complexities and potential pitfalls. Five problem areas are highlighted: 1. defining a 'region'; 2. power, conflict and community; 3. developing mechanisms for accountability; 4. subsidiarity, and 5. the tensions between democracy and technocracy.

Item ID: 39982
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: The Wentworth Group; environmental management; decentral-isation; regionalism
Additional Information:

This publication was produced in response to the reports "Blueprint for a living continent" available at the URL http://awsassets.wwf.org.au/downloads/fs027_blueprint_for_a_living_continent_1nov02.pdf and "Blueprint for a national water plan" available at the URL http://awsassets.wwf.org.au/downloads/fs028_blueprint_for_a_national_water_plan_31jul03.pdf. Both reports were authored by "The Wentworth group of Concerned Scientists".

ISSN: 0004-9190
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:18
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 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 > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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