I’ve just had a visitor – Dr Ken Walker – from Australia who’s recently co-edited a book about environmental policy failure there. I’ve known Ken since we were at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio some 40 years ago. He’s spent most of his professional life at various universities since working on the adequacy of environmental policies. In this volume, edited with collaborator Associate Professor Kate Crowley, Head of the School of Government at the University of Tasmania, they examine a range of areas including climate, energy, and water policies.
I took the chance to ask him just why he and others argue environmental policies have failed and what can be done to avoid such failures. He argues that in the face of global climate change Australia needs to radically rethink its development policies across the board and that by doing so it could be an example to the rest of the world.