“How has collaborative environmental governance been effected by state retreat under austerity?”
Conceptualising the Impact of Austerity
2. Materials and Methods
Case Selection and Description
“well… once we could count on getting X every year, but now we only really get Y or less than that”.
“funding always reflected Defra priorities, we’ve just noticed that this has become more of a thing, with fewer opportunities for us to have a say”.
“so much of the policy we see now, such as the natural capital approach we’ve already discussed, are led by political interests”.
“as Defra get cut, so do we, and that all rolls downhill to the projects we used to support”.
“if management decisions in the biosphere are going to continue to try and represent all the people that live here then we need to keep being at the heart of this”.
“we’re never going to get to real sustainability unless some public funds are put up”.
“There are impacts – XXXXX and his team can’t keep doing what they do … with funding continually reducing year on year”.
“Torridge district council kept trying to offer support where they could, even when they were being cut back to the bone themselves”.
3.3. Governance Structure
“I don’t really spend much biosphere time doing project work anymore …. it’s pretty much all taken up with responding to funding calls and the like”.
“we aren’t really as close as pre-2010. Once they (unnamed organisation) came to meetings, they contributed, now it’s different”.
“no one wants to stop attending the biosphere reserve meetings or spending less energy on the nitty gritty of working in north Devon, but the drum beat for doing more with less is remorseless”.
“Every new funding call seems to go further and further away from what we want to do, and what we know is right for here”.
4.1. Collaborative Governance
4.2. State Retreat
Conflicts of Interest
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