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Power & environmental policy : Tasmanian ecopolitics from Pedder to Wesley Vale


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Crowley, Catherine M 1994 , 'Power & environmental policy : Tasmanian ecopolitics from Pedder to Wesley Vale', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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It is argued that the realisation of ecopolitical values, interests and
demands is inevitably constrained by material interests within advanced
industrial societies. The policy environment in the state of Tasmania is
examined, and both a traditional affirmation and accommodation of the
goals of industrial development, and a resistance to the more recent
ecopolitical challenge to established state interests is found. However, a
review of four key environmental disputes finds that the politics of
ecology ('ecopolitics'), despite routine constraint by material interests,
continues to defy predictions of its inevitable demise as a 'single issue',
and continues to gain ground as an ideological force in Tasmania.
In reviewing the capacity of environmentalists to realise their aims
(i) the nature and significance of the ecopolitical challenge is considered;
(ii) ideological contention as a constraint in the realisation of ecopolitical
interests is examined; (iii) the limits of state response to ecopolitical
demands are reviewed; (iv) the political expression of conflicting values
over two decades of Tasmanian ecopolitical conflict are examined; and (v)
the Tasmanian tradition of underwriting industrial development is
found to have acted as a 'policy paradigm' confining state action on
environmental issues. A policy based framework of analysis is adopted
that acknowledges ideological, political and institutional constraints, and
is informed by (i) ecopolitical theory, given the deficiencies of traditional
policy analysis in capturing the nature of the ecopolitical challenge, and
(ii) power analysis in addressing policy constraint. -This framework
recognises ecopolitics as a struggle between value contenders, and
ecopolitical demands as potentially limited by the constraining influence
of dominant values and industrial interests. This framework is applied to analysis of the Lake Pedder, Franklin
River, Electrona silicon smelter and Wesley Vale pulp mill disputes.
These disputes are detailed in Chapter Four, then reviewed in Chapter
Five in terms of the nature of the environmental values at stake, the
accommodation or frustration of these values, and the actions of the state
in resolving the disputes. Whilst the ecopolitical challenge is not found
to have been contained in Tasmania, environmental demands are
nevertheless found to have been constrained by material values, the
accommodation of industrial interests, and the institutionalisation of the
traditional pursuits of development and resource exploitation.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Crowley, Catherine M
Keywords: Environmental policy, Environmentalism
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 242-268)

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