Do stakeholder committees produce fair policy outcomes?

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When developing stream flow management plans, a common approach is to appoint a range of stakeholderssuch as water users, environmental interests, indigenous interests, and natural resource management agenciesto an advisory committee to make difficult management and policy choices regarding the sustainable use ofwater. This paper looks at factors that affect the ability of these types of committees to develop fairoutcomes. Fairness in this context has recognition, distribution, procedural and social norm components.Based on case studies, this paper shows how institutional arrangements, participant power bases, andnetworks affect the outcome of this process. It concludes by outlining some key considerations for naturalresource managers who use such committees in policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th Australian Stream Management Conference. Australian rivers
Subtitle of host publicationmaking a difference
Place of PublicationAlbury
PublisherInstitute of Land Water and Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780646474793
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian Stream Management Conference - Albury, New South Wales, Australia, Australia
Duration: 21 May 200725 May 2007


ConferenceAustralian Stream Management Conference


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