New governance, green planning and sustainability : Tasmania together and growing Victoria together

Crowley, Kate and Coffey, Brian 2007, New governance, green planning and sustainability : Tasmania together and growing Victoria together, Australian journal of public administration, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 23-37.

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Title New governance, green planning and sustainability : Tasmania together and growing Victoria together
Author(s) Crowley, Kate
Coffey, Brian
Journal name Australian journal of public administration
Volume number 66
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 37
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 0313-6647
1467-8500
Keyword(s) sustainability
new governance
state planning
green planning
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
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