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Western Australia's short-lived ‘sustainability revolution’

Brueckner, M. and Pforr, C. (2011) Western Australia's short-lived ‘sustainability revolution’. Environmental Politics, 20 (4). pp. 585-589.

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Successive governments in Western Australia (WA), and in Australia as a whole, have traditionally pursued economic development. In 2001, however, the Labor Party came into office with a professed commitment to sustainable development and seemed to promise a departure from, and alternative to, economic developmentalism. However, despite a series of government initiatives, the initial euphoria dissipated, the government failed to deliver a lasting break with the developmentalist policy agenda, and the state returned to its traditional path of resource-based economic expansion. The dramatic rise and fall of sustainability in WA is addressed here.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Tayor and Francis
Copyright: Tayor and Francis
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