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Regulating Responsibilities: Income Management, Community Engagement and Bureaucratic Learning at Mapuru, North East Arnhem Land

Puszka, Stephanie, Greatorex, John and Williams, Gregory F. (2013). Regulating Responsibilities: Income Management, Community Engagement and Bureaucratic Learning at Mapuru, North East Arnhem Land. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts,(13):59-73.

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Title Regulating Responsibilities: Income Management, Community Engagement and Bureaucratic Learning at Mapuru, North East Arnhem Land
Author Puszka, Stephanie
Greatorex, John
Williams, Gregory F.
Journal Name Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Publication Date 2013
Issue Number 13
ISSN 1329-1440   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 59
End Page 73
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Social Partnerships in Learning Research Consortium - Learning Research Group, Charles Darwin University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The blanket implementation of income management in prescribed Indigenous areas under the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) and in the absence of community consultation or negotiation processes, was informed by a view of community engagement as preventing action and failing to deliver outcomes. However, the outcomes of income management documented by the authors at Mäpuru, a homeland centre in north east Arnhem Land, demonstrates policy failure as a result of poor policy design and objectives inappropriate to the local context. Outcomes included centralisation, reduced food security and the perpetuation of disengagement and marginalisation. This paper discusses the ramifications of the NTER approach to policy formulation and implementation, arguing that this approach robs policymakers of important opportunities for bureaucratic learning and perpetuates a cycle of policy experimentation and failure. Community engagement, local partnerships and appropriate communications methods may lead to more appropriate and effective policy responses to issues in Indigenous communities.
Additional Notes This article has been extracted from Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, Issue 13, May 2013. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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