1st Edition

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

Edited By Mike Young, Christine Esau Copyright 2016
    248 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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)