Multi-scale meta-governance strategies for addressing social inequality in resource dependent regions

Wilson, Ceit E., Morrison, Tiffany H., and Everingham, Jo-Anne (2018) Multi-scale meta-governance strategies for addressing social inequality in resource dependent regions. Sociologia Ruralis, 58 (3). pp. 500-521.

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Social inequality in resource‐dependent regions is a growing problem. Increasingly both state and private actors are acting as meta‐governors to address the issue. In this article, we focus on housing inequality as ‘the canary in the coalmine’ for broader social inequality. While affordable housing has been the subject of growing attention in urban scholarship, relatively few studies have considered the governance of affordable housing in rural regions. We report on a case analysis of affordable housing governance in the Gladstone‐Surat Region, a traditional agricultural area of Australia that has experienced a dramatic increase in housing inequality due to significant coal seam gas development in recent years. We show that networked arrangements for affordable housing delivery were the product of strategic policy structuring, resourcing, and hands‐off framing by the state government. Private meta‐governance was exercised only in relation to process management forms of meta‐governance, with private companies facilitating local ‘arenas’ for stakeholder discussion and connecting stakeholders in a synergistic manner. The dynamics of the case‐study examined demonstrate that meta‐governance in rural regions is not just about coordinating and mobilising horizontal (e.g., regional) cooperation, but about coalescing action within multiscale ‘exogenous’ networks and structures. These findings have important implications for future efforts to address social inequality in rural areas.

Item ID: 54374
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9523
Funders: Centre for Coal Seam Gas
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 02:08
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441001 Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment @ 30%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330403 Housing markets, development and management @ 40%
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 50%
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