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Transformational Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Management

Guidelines for policy excellence, 1st Edition

Edited by Mike Young, Christine Esau


234 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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The aim of this book is to catalyse global interest in the pursuit of transformational changes in natural resource and environmental management. It is shown that transformational policy reforms involve fundamental shifts in strategy with far-reaching consequences for the structure of industries, the way people behave and the resources they use.

Transformational reforms typically involve a decision to change a suite of institutional arrangements that will result, within a short period of time, in a paradigm shift and the emergence of an approach that will be recognised as being totally different to the arrangements that were previously in place. Transformational change is well established in business and can deliver outstanding results. In the world of policy development, however, many transformational policy reforms flounder. Unlike incremental policy reforms, they are often seen to be politically risky and prone to failure.

Using examples of success and failure, coupled with insights from practitioners and academics who have succeeded in getting transformational reforms implemented, this book presents a set of guidelines for excellence in the pursuit of transformational policy reforms. It includes detailed case studies from Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand, South-east Asia and the USA.


"Young and Esau have produced a very valuable primer for policy makers and stakeholders at different levels. The book is well illustrated with diagrams and tables and benefited from the reflection possible while editing the work at the Rockefeller funded Bellagio Centre in Italy." - John E Leake in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (July 2018)

Table of Contents

1. Transformational Change: In Search of Excellence

Mike Young

2. Significant, Sustainable Environmental Reform in Any Democracy is Difficult

Kevin Rudd

3. Unpacking the Dynamics of Successful Change: Ten Insights from the Private Sector

Rebecca Henderson

4. An Assessment Framework for Resilient Public Policy

R. Quentin Grafton and Walter Reinhardt

5. Lessons from Reforming Fossil-fuel Subsidy Regimes

Georgeta Vidican

6. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Ongoing Failure to Capture Synergies in Natural Resource Management (Australia)

Andrew Campbell

7. Never Waste a Crisis: An Opportunity to bring Robust Water-policy Reform to California

Dustin Garrick

8. The Development of Water Markets in China

Scott M. Moore

9. Drought Policy: Lessons and Strategies to Change the Transformational Game

Deborah C. Peterson

10. The Collision of Aspiration and Reality in Payments for Ecosystem Services

James Salzman

11. Angling for a Solution: Fisheries Management and the Individual Transferrable Quota Regime in Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Adam Banasiak

12. New York City’s Payment for Ecosystem Services: Providing Clean Water for Millions

Tim Purinton and Marina LeGree

13. Empowering Consumers: Forest Stewardship Council Leadership in Internationally Traded Product Certification

Juliette Gundy and Julia Radice

14. The Art of Good Governance: Analysing Water Management Success in Phnom Penh

Timothy Grant

15. Guidelines for Transformational Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Management

Mike Young and Christine Esau

About the Editors

Mike Young was the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University, USA. He holds a Professorial Chair in Water and Environmental Policy at Adelaide University, Australia, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of College London, UK, and a Research Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Sustainable Environmental Policy Solutions, USA.

Christine Esau is a journalist and research editor based in Australia, with a particular interest in compelling environmental dialogues.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy