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Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature


White, R, Corruption and the Securitisation of Nature, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6, (4) pp. 55-70. ISSN 2202-7998 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i4.449


This article considers corruption in Australia in relation to the exploitation and preservation of natural resources. In doing so, it examines issues pertaining to a proposed pulp mill and the forestry industry in Tasmania, the development of mining and ports in Queensland, and international agreements pertaining to deep-sea oil drilling in the Timor Sea. Corruption relating to the environment is interpreted in this article as implying both moral corruption and/or direct corruption. Gaining unfair advantage, protecting specific sectoral interests and over-riding existing environmental regulations are all features of the types of corruption associated with the exploitation of natural resources. The result is lack of transparency, a substantial democratic deficit, and expenditure of public monies, time and resources in support of environmentally and socially dubious activities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:corruption relating to the environment, state-corporate crime, environmental security, securitisation of nature, forestry, mining
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:122849
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-12-01
Last Modified:2018-05-10
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