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Transformational Change in Environmental and Natural Resource Management
Guidelines for policy excellence

ISBN 9781138884748
Published September 19, 2016 by Routledge
248 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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)