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New Governance, Green Planning and Sustainability: Tasmania Together and Growing Victoria Together


Crowley, CM and Coffey, B, New Governance, Green Planning and Sustainability: Tasmania Together and Growing Victoria Together, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66, (1) pp. 23-37. ISSN 0313-6647 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00511.x


Bridgman and Davis (2000:91) have argued that 'ideally government will have a well developed and widely distributed policy framework, setting out economic, social and environmental objectives'. This article compares and evaluates two such frameworks or plans, Tasmania Together and Growing Victoria Together, in terms of their potential to promote sustainability. It argues that they are very different exercises in new governance, aimed at reconnecting with community priorities and at redirecting macro-policy setting away from a preoccupation with economic priorities, respectively. Nevertheless, both plans have the capacity to 'green' state planning, in Tasmania in terms of more purposeful benchmarks, and in Victoria in terms of enhanced sustainability emphasis in the macro-policy setting. The article encounters tensions in its review of the plans between deliberation and planning, policy empowerment and policy progress, and policy institutionalisation and politicisation as means of achieving policy change. It finds that whilst Tasmania and Victoria are re-engaged states that are reinventing state policy, as yet they are failing to meet the governance challenges of sustainability. © National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia 2007.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Crowley, CM (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:51428
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-29

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