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Type: Journal article
Title: Crisis change and institutions in forest management: the Wet Tropics of northeastern Australia
Author: Lane, Marcus B.
McDonald, G. T.
Citation: Journal of Rural Studies, 2002; 18 (3):245-256
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0743-0167
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Geographical and Environmental Studies
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Marcus B. Lane and Geoff McDonald
Abstract: This paper tests the four-phase heuristic model of change in resource management regimes developed by Gunderson et al. (1995. In: Barriers and Bridges to the Renewal of Ecosystems and Institutions. Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 489–533) by applying it to a case analysis of rainforest management in northeastern Australia. The model suggests that resource management regimes change in four phases: (i) crisis caused by external factors, (ii) a search for alternative management solutions, (iii) creation of a new management regime, and (iv) bureaucratic implementation of the new arrangements. The history of human use and management of the tropical forests of this region is described and applied to this model. The ensuing analysis demonstrates that: (i) resource management tends to be characterized by a series of distinct eras; (ii) changes to management regimes are precipitated by crisis; and (iii) change is externally generated. The paper concludes by arguing that this theoretical perspective on institutional change in resource management systems has wider utility.
RMID: 0020072642
DOI: 10.1016/S0743-0167(02)00008-6
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