Politics of innovation and the spirit of justice

Daniell, Katherine A., Nabavi, Ehsan, and Benham, Claudia F. (2017) Politics of innovation and the spirit of justice. In: Lukasiewicz, Anna, Dovers, Stephen, Robin, Libby, McKay, Jennifer, Schilizzi, Steven, and Graham, Sonia, (eds.) Natural Resources and Environmental Justice: Australian perspectives. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 185-203.

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Abstract

Justice and injustice related to natural resources management (NRM) regimes are perceived differently by various actors who seek to effect, and focus their attention on different parts of a governance system. Each innovation that will change the NRM regime and governance system will therefore be subject to politics and struggles between who is likely to win or lose something from the change. This chapter seeks to uncover and investigate these often ‘behind the scenes’ struggles to expose some of the factors that facilitate or block the development and implementation of innovations aiming to enhance environmental and social justice, at least at one particular scale or for one sector or stakeholder type. It does this by bringing together a framework of analysis for the politics of innovation in multi-level governance systems related to three types of justice decision- making or policy-making processes (interactional, procedural and distributive), then using it for the analysis of five case studies from Australia, China, Bulgaria and Iran. The analyses show that the environment or marginalised and weak stakeholder groups require a strong coalition of sponsors if they are to achieve a fairer deal or equitability – the ‘spirit of justice’ – because economic development actors are often supported by existing governance regimes or strong financial interests.

Item ID: 47676
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0638-1
Keywords: environmental management; justice; industrial development; ports; dams; Australia; China; Iran
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 23:01
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 34%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960709 Urban Water Policy @ 33%
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