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Adaptive Approaches to Biosecurity Governance

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2010
Authors  Cook, D.C.; Liu, S.; Murphy, B.; Lonsdale, W.M.
Journal Title  Risk Analysis
Volume  30
Issue  9
Pages  1303-1314

This article discusses institutional changes that may facilitate an adaptive approach to biosecurity risk management where governance is viewed as a multidisciplinary, interactive experiment acknowledging uncertainty. Using the principles of adaptive governance, evolved from institutional theory, we explore how the concepts of lateral information flows, incentive alignment, and policy experimentation might shape Australia's invasive species defense mechanisms. We suggest design principles for biosecurity policies emphasizing overlapping complementary response capabilities and the sharing of invasive species risks via a polycentric system of governance.

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