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Title: Community consultation in public policy: The case of the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia
Contributor(s): Crase, Lin (author); Dollery, Brian Edward  (author); Wallis, Joe (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1080/10361140500129990
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Abstract: Community consultation is widely employed in contemporary Australia as a means of improving the formulation and implementation of public policy. However, little is known about the optimal expenditure of effort required for any given consultation. This article develops a rational choice model of community consultation that seeks to encapsulate the major elements involved in optimising consultation effort. The framework is particularly useful for understanding and explaining why actual community consultation processes may be sub-optimal. The rational choice model is then applied to the 'Living Murray' debate over water resources in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Political Science, 40(2), p. 221-238
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon (Oxon), UK
ISSN: 1036-1146
Field of Research (FOR): 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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