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Environmental policy in Australia : a thematic review

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Eberhard, Ian H(Ian Harvey) (1986) Environmental policy in Australia : a thematic review. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The importance of 'environmental policy' and its
claim to a special portfolio in government at the
national level was first recognized in 1971. Policy
since then has grown rapidly. It is now diverse,
complex and influential in public affairs. A great
deal has happened in little more than fifteen years and
it has been difficult for practitioners, partisans and
commentators to keep in touch with events in particular
areas of interest, let alone with events covering the
field as a whole. Environmental policy has a strong
claim to critical attention.
In view of the pace of events, it is not surprising
that the literature of serious study of Australian
Environmental Policy, as distinct from other writing and
documentation, is limited. Environmental histories
have been used as case studies in reviews directed at
the interest-group theory of politics; some attention
has been paid to inter-governmental relations, but there
are few other detailed commentaries of an interpretive
kind. There has been equal neglect of policy outputs,
in terms of rigorous examination of efficiency, effectiveness
and impacts. More contributions at these
levels are undoubtedly needed.
This study however, takes a broad perspective. It
views Australian Environmental Policy (AEP) as a working
sub-system of public administration. It draws selectively
but widely from the whole field. Its particular
focus is a search for 'structural issues'. At the same
time it attempts to present a generally useful guide and
reference source to documentation and literature. It
is written with the idea in mind that administrators and
managers may have a need for a work of this kind.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Environmental policy
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Thesis (M.Soc.Sc.)--University of Tasmania, 1986. Bibliography: leaves 95-100

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