Room L141, Faculty of Arts Building, Newnham CampusSummary:
Is adversarial governance responsible for Australia’s policy Impasse on climate change.
- Associate Professor Fred Gale
Unlike countries that practice social partnership governance (e.g. Norway, Sweden, Germany), adversarial Westminster-style governance produces policy gridlock, most evidently in the field of climate change. In this interactive presentation, Fred will outline the dysfunctional nature of Australia's climate change debate and, by implication, our adversarial, no-compromise, opposition-for-opposition's sake politics. To generate rapid progress towards effective climate action—and more broadly to achieve sustainability—a new, Antipodean social partnership governance model must be envisioned, operationalised and implemented.
About the Presenter
Fred Gale is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations, in the School of Social Sciences. His research focuses on rethinking the discipline of political economy from a sustainability perspective and working through its implications for trade, investment, finance, labour and cultural practices. His new book setting out these ideas The Political Economy of Sustainability, has just been published with Edward Elgar and is available at the below link. He has also undertaken investigations into local, national and global private governance systems, especially those using multistakeholder approaches to develop social and environmental standards. His sectoral expertise is in forestry, fisheries, egg certification, and labelling systems. He is also researching the political economy of sustainable food production and consumption in Tasmania and Australia focusing on the organic wine sector.