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Environmental Policy Failure

Environmental Policy Failure
The Australian Story

Kate Crowley & K J Walker
ISBN: 9780734611406 / 978-0-7346-1140-6
Price: A$69.95 NZ$83.95 US$59.95
Binding: Softcover
Trim: 200 x 250 mm   242 pp 
Copyright: 2012

Environmental Policy Failure: The Australian Story reviews some of  Australia’s most critically challenging environmental issues of our time and assesses the capacity of contemporary policies to solve them. It reveals, case by case, the endemic failure of environmental policy under both  Labor and conservative governments across many generations, and  assesses the prospects for a more ecologically sustainable future. 

“It should be no surprise that the best scholars in Australia conclude that environmental policy has failed. After reading this book you will be much better informed about the failure of environmental policy. I hope you will also be determined to attack the root cause of that failure, our dominant political culture and the values it embodies.” 

Ian Lowe, President Australian Conservation Foundation

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Chapter 1 - Introduction 
Chapter 2 - Australia's construction of environmental policy 
Chapter 3 - Climate policy failure:    Was the CPRS more politics than policy?  
Chapter 4 - Lost energy policies, opportunities and practice 
Chapter 5 - Between markets and government: Natural    resources management policy in Australia  
Chapter 6 - Flailing about in the Murray-Darling basin  
Chapter 7 - Disintegration or disinterest?    Costal and marine policy in Australia 
Chapter 8 - Water privatisation: Failure of public policy  
Chapter 9 - White shoe waders:    Climate change adaptation and government  
Chapter 10 - Catastrophic bushfire, politics and the public    interest 
Chapter 11- Boundless plains to share:    Why no population policy? 
Chapter 12 - Australian ENGOs and government:    Strengthening democratic advocacy   
Chapter 13 - Conclusions 
Chapter 14 - Afterword—Policy futures


Associate Professor Kate Crowley is Head of the School of Government at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, where she lectures in public and  environmental policy. Her interests are in: green politics, policy and  governance; climate change policy; federalism and environmental policy;  sustainability; and policy theory and analysis. 

She is a past Dean of Graduate Research for the University of Tasmania, an elected member of the University of Tasmania Council, and the Chair of the Premier‘s Tasmania Climate Action Council, an independent statutory au-thority that reports to Climate Change Minister and Tasmanian Greens Lead-ers Nick McKim—the first Green minister in Australia. Kate has  published extensively on environmental governance, green politics and  public policy, and is co-editor with KJ Walker of Australian  Environmental Policy: Studies in Decline and Devolution. 

KJ Walker is an independent researcher and, according to one reviewer, he ‘pioneered the study of environmental politics in Australia’. He has taught at Melbourne, Monash, Flinders, Adelaide, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Griffith, Queensland and Macquarie universities, and, from the mid-1970s, he developed and taught groundbreaking  interdisciplinary courses in environmental policy and politics.

He writes in the fields of environmental policy and environmental  political theory, but has subsidiary interests in technology, technology transfer, and technology history in its social context. His most  important papers are: ‘Ecological Limits and Marxian Thought’  Politics; ‘Technology Transfer to India: The Case of the Integral Coach Factory’ Development and Change; and ‘The State in Environmental  Management: The Ecological Dimension’ Political Studies.

Contributors include:

Professor Michael Buxton
Associate Professor Geoff Cockfield, USQ
Daniel Connell, ANU, Canberra
Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes, Griffith University
Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf, UNSW, Sydney
Michael Howes, Griffith University
Associate Professor David Mercer, RMIT University, Melbourne
Mark O’Connor
Joan Staples, UNSW, Sydney
Associate Professor Geoff Wescott, Deakin University, Melbourne