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Leadership and change in the Tasmanian environment movement


Tranter, B, Leadership and change in the Tasmanian environment movement, The Leadership Quarterly, 20, (5) pp. 708-724. ISSN 1048-9843 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2009.06.009


Semi-structured interviews with key environmentalists conducted in 2002 suggest strategic decision makers, organisational spokespeople and Green politicians are key leaders of the Tasmanian environmental movement, although charismatic leadership persists following movement routinisation. Routinisation is associated with the rise of non-protest environmental movement organisations addressing mainstream issues such as soil erosion, while protest oriented organisations champion the protection of old growth forests. Disproportionate federal government funding of non-protest organisations underpins tensions between movement leaders. An environmental council representing the diverse interests of the groups and organisations comprising the movement mitigates tensions and strengthens leader integration. Entrenched leaders from the 'baby boom' generation hinder the rise of younger leaders. Leader mentoring schemes adopted by movement organisations offer a potential solution to leadership succession in a mature social movement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environment, leaders, charismatic, social movements, Tasmania, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:52190
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-06-04
Last Modified:2015-02-02
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