Towards networked governance : improving interagency communication and collaboration for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Australia

Howes, Michael, Tangney, Peter, Reis, Kimberley, Grant-Smith, Deanna, Heazle, Michael, Bosomworth, Karyn, & Burton, Paul (2015) Towards networked governance : improving interagency communication and collaboration for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Australia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58(5), pp. 757-776.

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Abstract

Major disasters, such as bushfires or floods, place significant stress on scarce public resources. Climate change is likely to exacerbate this stress. An integrated approach to disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) could reduce the stress by encouraging the more efficient use of pooled resources and expertise. A comparative analysis of three extreme climate-related events that occurred in Australia between 2009 and 2011 indicated that a strategy to improve interagency communication and collaboration would be a key factor in this type of policy/planning integration. These findings are in accord with the concepts of Joined-up Government and Network Governance. Five key reforms are proposed: developing a shared policy vision; adopting multi-level planning; integrating legislation; networking organisations; and establishing cooperative funding. These reforms are examined with reference to the related research literature in order to identify potential problems associated with their implementation. The findings are relevant for public policy generally but are particularly useful for CCA and DRM.

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ID Code: 68603
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Joined-up Government, Network Governance, Policy Integration, Communication, Collaboration, CEDM
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.891974
ISSN: 0964-0568
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2014 23:26
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 06:38

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