Stakeholders, natural resource management and Australian rural local governments: A Q-methodological study
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This is an electronic version of an article published in: Pini, Barbara and Previte, Josephine and Haslam McKenzie, Fiona (2007) Stakeholders, natural resource management and Australian rural local governments: A Q-methodological study, Local Government Studies 33(3):427-449. Local Government Studies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&id=doi:10.1080/03003930701289638
This paper reports on a Q methodological study of stakeholder perceptions of rural local government management of natural resources. Data analysis of the Q sorts revealed that there are five distinct stakeholder perspectives relating to rural local government and natural resource management. In terms of natural resource management at the local level rural stakeholders perceive local government as an unwilling participant, an inconsequential participant, as a problematic participant, as a potential participant, and, most positively, a participatory partner. The paper describes each of these five stakeholder perspectives in detail before examining the implications of these findings for greater natural resource management at the local level in non-metropolitan Australia.
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