Is regional government-governance nexus delivering on social sustainability promises? Empirical evidence from Moranbah in Australia

Basson, Marita and van Rensburg, Henriette and Cuthill, Michael and Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael O. (2018) Is regional government-governance nexus delivering on social sustainability promises? Empirical evidence from Moranbah in Australia. Local Government Studies. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0300-3930


Social sustainability, in theory, should result in responsiveness to change, a durable sense of community trust and interdependent institutional structures. However, recent studies indicate that current sustainability efforts of regional local government are not yielding anticipated outcomes. Drawing on two social theories of Henri Lefebvre, this paper offers an empirical analysis of the ability of the government–governance nexus to deliver on social sustainability promises in Moranbah in regional Australia. Study findings revealed that the Moranbah government–governance nexus suffers from adversarial relationships between key actors that result in a distrust of politics and power, the absence of a defined governance system, community alienation, and State Government dominance and intervention. These experiences of the government–governance nexus have rendered social sustainability a distant hope for Moranbah’s residents. This paper suggests a reform in sustainability policies to improve the current situation in the case region, and theoretical propositions for future research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Available online 02/07/2018. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 05:22
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 03:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sustainability, government–governance nexus, Lefebvre theories, resource town
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1488689

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