Mining Industry Association at Multiple Levels of Governance: Drilling Down
Many books on interest groups study how they conduct themselves in politics, and rather take for granted their existence. Unusually, this book examines the reasons why, for many years, there was no global level group representing the mining and non-ferrous metals industry and how the sector found a basis for association at the turn of the millennium, in response to the globalisation of environmental policy and the emerging focus on sustainable development. The associated reconfiguration of compétences at the national and state levels in Australia is also shown to have had important consequences for sector associability at those levels. In short, it examines the changing associability of a business sector at what Theodore Lowi described as three levels of governance: macro, meso and micro. The book draws on interviews with key participants and extensive archival research.
Aynsley Kellow is Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Tasmania. He is a former President of the Australian Political Studies Association and a former Chair of Research Committee 38 on Politics and Business of the International Political Science Association. He has published widely on energy and environment policy, the OECD and Lowi’s ‘Arenas of Power’ approach to interest groups and public policy.
Marian Simms was an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. She was also a past President of the Australian Political Studies Association and a former editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. She previously held Chairs at the University of Otago and Deakin University and published widely on Australian Politics and women in politics. She was also Executive Director, Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences at the Australian Research Council.
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