Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics

Higgins, Vaughan, Bryant, Melanie, Hernandez-Jover, Marta, McShane, Connar, and Rast, Luzia (2016) Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics. Enviroment and Planning A, 48 (6). pp. 1133-1151.

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Harmonisation of disease management practices across global space and the devolution of responsibility to a broader range of actors are two increasingly important approaches for ordering biosecurity governance. While these forms of ordering have been examined individually, the social science biosecurity literature provides limited insights into how they interact and interfere with one another, and the consequences for biosecurity implementation. This paper draws upon an institutional logics approach to examine the different and competing logics through which government agencies, industry bodies and farming enterprises engage in biosecurity. It focuses specifically on the ways in which these logics pose challenges for harmonisation of biosecurity as well as create alternative spaces of negotiation for making life safe. Through the analysis of policy documents and semi-structured interviews with government and industry stakeholders, as well as with beef producers, we identify three institutional logics being the neoliberal, productivist and agrarian logics. We argue that the existence of multiple logics poses significant challenges for efforts to achieve improved harmonisation of biosecurity in an environment of devolved responsibility to industry, farming bodies and producers. In this context, greater emphasis by stakeholders on the productivist logic holds the most potential for improving biosecurity implementation in that it works with existing agricultural circulations and flows, and with producers' herd health practices.

Item ID: 43047
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1472-3409
Keywords: biosecurity governance, harmonisation, institutional logics, Australia, devolution of responsibility
Funders: Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 03:23
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3003 Animal production > 300304 Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens) @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology @ 40%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830301 Beef Cattle @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 20%
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