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Ripples Not Waves: A Policy Configuration Approach to Reform in the Wake of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis

McConnell, Allan (2008) Ripples Not Waves: A Policy Configuration Approach to Reform in the Wake of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis. Governance, 21 (4). pp. 551-580. ISSN 0952-1895

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to understand why, in the aftermath of the 1998 Sydney water contamination crisis, policy and institutional reform was comparatively minor-despite intense scrutiny and criticism of the framework of water policy in New South Wales (NSW). The article should be of serious interest to scholars interested in crisis and policy change, rather than simply those with a particular interest in water policy in Australia. It frames the Sydney case as a disconfirming one but finds that an understanding of the stability/change relationship in NSW water policy can only partially be understood through applying key contemporary institutional, actor, and interest-centered explanations. Therefore, it probes the plausibility of an additional explanation and develops the rudiments of a new "policy configuration" approach to help explain policy stability and change. It concludes by suggesting that there is potential for a policy configuration perspective to be tested against other cases.

Item type: Article
ID code: 26362
Keywords: crisis, policy and institutional reform, Political science (General)
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Catriona Mccallum
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 12:29
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 13:21
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26362

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