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

Crowley, K 2007 , 'New governance, green planning & sustainability: reviewing Tasmania together and growing Victoria together' , Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 66, no. 1 , pp. 23-37 , doi:

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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 paper 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 paper 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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crowley, K
Keywords: Tasmania Together Growing Victoria Together green planning sub-national sustainability new governance
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Public Administration
ISSN: 0313 6647
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