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Assessing the efficacy of transition theory to identify industry transformation: a case study examining the deregulation of Australia's dairy industry

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Sinclair, K and Curtis, A and Mendham, E and Mitchell, M, Assessing the efficacy of transition theory to identify industry transformation: a case study examining the deregulation of Australia's dairy industry, Australian Geographer, 46, (1) pp. 113-129. ISSN 0004-9182 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049182.2014.986790

Abstract

Transformation is a key concept in social-ecological systems research, and transition theory in particular; however, the essential elements of a transformation are yet to be clearly articulated. This article explores the changes that took place when Australian governments deliberately set out to restructure the Australian dairy industry. Using the subtropical dairy industry as a case study, we conducted semi-structured interviews with industry stakeholders. Our analysis was structured around transition concepts thus testing the framework's efficacy. We found that deregulation substantially altered the culture of the industry and the structure and working practices of the production system, supply chain, industry organisations and government agencies. Transition theory and its concepts provided a useful framework to explain how systemic change transformed the industry. Transition theory identified the multi-scalar nature of the interactions between structure and practice and the social and power relationships that reinforced change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intentional change, transformation, transition theory, agriculture
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Research Field:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Objective Field:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
Author:Mitchell, M (Dr Michael Mitchell)
ID Code:106000
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-01-22
Last Modified:2016-05-10
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