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

Howes, M, Tangney, P, Reis, K, Grant-Smith, D, Heazle, M, Bosomworth, K and Burton, P 2014, 'Towards networked governance: improving interagency communication and collaboration for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Australia', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. Online, pp. 1-20.


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Title Towards networked governance: improving interagency communication and collaboration for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in Australia
Author(s) Howes, M
Tangney, P
Reis, K
Grant-Smith, D
Heazle, M
Bosomworth, K
Burton, P
Year 2014
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume number Online
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
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.
Subject Public Policy
Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) climate change adaptation
disaster risk management
Joined-up Government
Network Governance
policy integration
communication
collaboration
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09640568.2014.891974
Copyright notice © 2014 The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
ISSN 0964-0568
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