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Rural governance in Australia: Changing forms and emerging actors

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By Lynda Cheshire, Vaughan Higgins and Geoffrey Lawrence

Published: Dec 2006
ISBN: 978-0-9775242-8-0
Pages: ii+138


This Special Edition of Rural Society on rural governance in Australia is both timely and long overdue. For more than two decades now, we have witnessed an increased complexity in the way contemporary rule is exercised in Australia - and elsewhere - as a growing range of community, business and other non-government actors become increasingly involved in processes of decision-making and service delivery that were once considered the domain of the state. In this sense, governance is not a recent phenomenon, and scholars and policymakers have been deliberating on the directions of these changes for more than ten years.

This Special Issue of Rural Society captures the diversity of institutional arrangements through which rural economic, social and environmental policy is enacted.

Rural governance embodied and enacted in these institutions is examined in this unique collection of eight research papers: natural resource management, governance processes, the role of women, community and government, rural vs urban values, government agency and local participation, self-help and convergence of discourse are examined from a regional perspective.

Available separately as a book, this special issue is essential reading for policy makers, rural and regional directors, government agencies, regional councils as well as researchers and teachers in the field of rural economics, governance, sociology, management, finance and health and allied services.

This is a timely and relevant contribution to the theory and practice of governance in developing rural and regional sectors, both within Australasia, and internationally. since they take stock of the present theory and practice of rural governance in Australia and attempt to capture the diversity of the ensuing institutional arrangements through which rural economic, social and environmental policy is enacted.

These eight papers represent the most current research on rural governance presently being conducted in Australia making this Special Issue imperative reading for researchers and professionals involved in issues of governance in rural communities.

Table of Contents

Marion Bannister, John Connors

Guest Editorial: Rural Governance in Australia: Changing forms and emerging actors
Lynda Cheshire PhD, Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence

Facilitating Multi-Sector Dialogue for Natural Resource Management: Examples of rural governance in two Queensland regions
Lionel V Pero, Timothy F Smith PhD

Using Game Theory to Explain the Behaviour of Participants Involved in a Regional Governance Process
Jonathon Howard

Modestly Staffed and Modestly Resourced: An exploratory critique of women's entry to rural and regional governance
Alison Sheridan, Dr Barbara Pini, Louise Conway

Towards a More Regional Federalism: Rural and urban attitudes to institutions
AJ Brown PhD, Ian Gray, Dimitria Giorgas

Community Governance in Rural Victoria: Rethinking grassroots democracy?
Kevin O'Toole

Governance in the Gaps: Inter-agency action in a rural town
Robyn Eversole PhD, Kaye Scholfield PhD

Self-Helping From the Hand that Feeds?: Evaluating the ‘deserving community' ethic of governance in North East Tasmania
Michelle Godwin, Bill Pritchard PhD

The Convergence of Regional Governance Discourses in Rural Australia: Enduring challenges and constructive suggestions
Tiffany Morrison, Marcus Lane

Book Reviews

Social learning in environmental management: Towards a sustainable future.
M Keen, V Brown & R Dyball (eds)
Reviewed by Chris Cocklin

Sustainability Strategy
P Martin and M Verbeek
Reviewed by Ian Coldwell

The Still-Burning Bush
Stephen J Pyne
Reviewed by Rosemary Hill

Masculinity beyond the metropolis.
Jane Kenway and Anna Hickey-Moody
Reviewed by Dr Barbara Pini

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