Public Policy Processes and Sustainability in the Minerals and Energy Industries

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Title Public Policy Processes and Sustainability in the Minerals and Energy Industries
Author O'Faircheallaigh, Ciaran S
Book Title Mining, Society, and a Sustainable World
Editor Dr. Jeremy P. Richards
Year Published 2009
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer
Abstract This chapter considers the extent to which public policy processes are geared towards sustainability in mineral industries, and how they may need to change to take the requirements for sustainability into account. It begins with a general discussion of sustainability in mineral industries, drawing on examples from three countries. As these examples show mining is neither inherently sustainable nor unsustainable, but rather is made sustainable or unsustainable, in large part by public policies applied to the mining industry. The nature and content of public policies reflect, in turn, the policy making processes utilised in formulating and implementing policy, and so it is critical to consider the links between policy processes and sustainability. Nine specific variables are identified that shape public these processes, including the identity and number of interests or groups involved in making policy and how much influence they exert; the range of policy alternatives considered; time frames and information sources for policy making; the time periods over which the impacts of policy alternatives are considered; and the criteria applied by policy makers. The chapter argues that current policy making processes in relation to mineral industries are often incompatible with the pursuit of sustainability and that radical changes are required if public policies are to support sustainabilty in mineral and energy industries.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.springerlink.com
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-01103-0_15
Chapter Number 15
Page from 437
Page to 467
ISBN 9783642011023
Date Accessioned 2010-03-02
Date Available 2010-08-23T07:02:19Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Science
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29443
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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