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Chaos theory and assessment of forest stakeholder attitudes towards Australian forest policy

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posted on 2007-05-01, 00:00 authored by G Musselwhite, Mudiyanselage Herath
The Regional Forest Agreement process has dominated Australian forest policy for the past decade. The RFA process set in place a mechanism by which benchmark conservation values were established for forest  ecosystems, whilst addressing the needs of the timber industry. The outcomes of a number of RFA's have been fraught with controversy. Key stakeholder groups have shown disagreement with processes and  outcomes of methods employed by government both in establishing conservation reserves and areas allocated to timber harvesting. This research uses non-linear techniques to examine the dynamical behavior in stakeholder responses and to identify patterns of behavior that may lead to prediction of stakeholder responses. The method developed in this research provides a bridge between social sciences and Chaos theory.1

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Journal

Forest policy and economics

Volume

9

Issue

8

Pagination

947 - 964

Publisher

Elsevier Science

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ISSN

1389-9341

eISSN

1872-7050

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Elsevier B.V.

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