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, 44 (6). pp. 826-847. ISSN 0300-3930

Abstract

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: Permanent restricted access to Published 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: 26 Nov 2018 06:11
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sustainability; government–governance nexus; Lefebvre theories; resource town
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1488689
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34666

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