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Environmental Politics and Institutional Change

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Part of Reshaping Australian Institutions

  • Date Published: December 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556316

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  • Environmentalism is one of the major issues of our time. A key question is how responsive are Australian institutions to the challenges posed by environmental issues? This book focuses on how effectively political institutions and organisations are able to address concerns about the deterioration of the environment. The book considers the key players in environmental debate and policy-making: social movements, interest groups, political parties, the media, the parliaments and the bureaucracy. It contains much rich empirical material. This stimulating and original book makes an important contribution not only to environmental politics, but to the ways in which institutions can become more effective and responsive to social forces. It will be of interest not only to political scientists and sociologists, but to environmental activists and policy-makers themselves.

    • Examines a wide range of subjects in the context of environmental reform
    • Highly topical subject with particular emphasis on policy issues
    • The author is well known in this field
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    • Date Published: December 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556316
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Innovation and tradition
    2. Stimulus and response: the rise of environmentalism
    3. Framing the analysis
    Part II. Political Institutions, Innovation and Social Change:
    4. The 'centrality' of political institutions
    5. The circularity of political communication and dialogue
    6. Disrupting the circularity of political communication: the role of social movements
    7. Design, evolution and the environmental movement
    Part III: Political Organisations and Adaptation:
    8. Inertia and innovation
    9. Missed opportunities: the Liberal and National parties
    10. Leading the charge for the green vote: The Australian Labor Party
    11. Fundamentally green: the Australian Democrats
    12. Overcoming institutional inertia
    Part IV. The Media, Agenda Setting and Public Opinion:
    13. The articulation of environmental issues by the media
    14. Media stereotypes and adaptation
    15. Public opinion and survey research
    16. Mass opinion on environmental issues
    Part V. Conclusion:
    17. Possibilities for constructive dialogue.

  • Author

    Elim Papadakis, University of New England, Australia

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