Influencing climate policy

the effectiveness of Australian NGO campaigns

Nina L. Hall, Roslyn Ellen Taplin

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    This paper evaluates the effectiveness of Australian environmental non-government organisations’ (NGO) campaigns on climate change, and examines their influence on climate-related policies in Australia. This is undertaken through analysis of formal submissions to four climate-related policy formulation processes. In Australia, NGOs have undertaken climate change-focused campaigns for over a decade. Some NGO campaigners and ‘external observers’ of the campaigns appear to implicitly link the lack of adequate climate policies in Australia to the failure of NGO campaigns. This interpretation neglects the significant body of literature that exists on advocacy campaign evaluation, including evaluation of policy influences. None of the resulting climate change policies eventually implemented adopted the breadth or specificity of recommendations proposed by the NGOs. Additionally, the NGOs appear to lack a clear and coherent strategy in their presentation of, and campaign leverage from, these submissions. This research clarifies the role of NGOs and other interests in forming public policy on climate change, and makes recommendations on how NGOs may increase their influence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralasian Political Studies Association annual conference
    Subtitle of host publicationpapers
    Place of PublicationUniversity of Newcastle
    PublisherAustralasian Political Studies Association
    Number of pages23
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventAustralasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2006 - Newcastle, Australia
    Duration: 25 Nov 200627 Nov 2006


    ConferenceAustralasian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2006
    CityNewcastle, Australia


    • Australia
    • climate change
    • evaluation
    • non-government organisations
    • public policy

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