Rethinking Overlap and Duplication: Federalism and Environmental Assessment in Australia

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Title Rethinking Overlap and Duplication: Federalism and Environmental Assessment in Australia
Author Hollander, Robyn
Journal Name Publius
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Critics of federalism have long pointed to overlap and duplication as evidence of a system under pressure. This article challenges their critique through an examination of Australia's environmental assessment and approval regime. It finds that, in their quest to eliminate duplication and overlap, policy makers have imposed artificial divisions on a complex policy domain. By limiting the opportunities for political engagement, they have also surrendered some of the strengths of a federal system of government and removed important failsafe mechanisms which provide valuable insurance against policy failure. While the empirical argument is based on the Australian experience, the analysis has more general implications for federations characterized by concurrency.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Publius following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Rethinking Overlap and Duplication:Federalism and Environmental Assessment in Australia, Publius, 40(1), 136-170 is available online at:
Volume 40
Issue Number 1
Page from 136
Page to 170
ISSN 0048-5950
Date Accessioned 2010-12-03
Date Available 2015-06-12T05:02:54Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Public Policy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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