More than merely wicked : regulating sewage discharges and other unspeakable problems in environmental policy-making and planning

Grant-Smith, Deanna (2011) More than merely wicked : regulating sewage discharges and other unspeakable problems in environmental policy-making and planning. In Wicked Problems : Applied Environmental Research in a Changing World - Environmental Research Event 2011, 26-29 June 2011, Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island, QLD. (Unpublished)

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While the communicative turn in policy-making has encouraged the public deliberation of policy decisions it has arguably had a more limited impact on the ability of public processes to deal with wicked problems. Wicked policy problems are characterised by high levels of complexity, uncertainty and divergence of values. However, some wicked problems present the additional challenge of high levels of psychosocial sensitivity and verbal proscription. Because these unspeakable policy problems frequently involve a significant moral dimension, the regulation of intimate processes or bodies, and strong elements of abjection and symbolic pollution they are quite literally problems that we don’t like to think about or talk about. However, the potential environmental and social impacts of these problems require that they be addressed. In this paper I present the preliminary findings of a research project focussed on the idea of the unspeakable policy problem and how its unspeakable nature can impact upon public participation and policy and environmental outcomes.

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ID Code: 63452
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: wicked problems, sewage regulation, policy making, unspeakable problems, environmental policy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Deanna Grant-Smith
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2013 00:10
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 00:22

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