Creating Active Citizens in Drinking Water Protection: A Case Study

By Marion Burchell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Public policy rationale has shifted significantly resulting in greater public participation in the development of public policy. The change in public policy development can be related to a neoliberal political rationality. This paper uses the Foucaultian theory of governmentality and neoliberalism as a framework to critically analyse tools used by the state through public participation in public policy development to govern citizens in the protection and management of public drinking water sources. While the state may use direct forms of governance such as legislation, planning mechanisms and regulation, these methods of governing citizens have limited capacity in modern society due to decreasing resources in the public sector. As a result, more emphasis is being placed on the utilisation of neoliberal technologies to achieve similar results. This paper uses the Quinninup Dam Catchment Area Water Source Protection Plan as a case study in critically analysing the neoliberal technologies used by the state to create active citizens in the management and protection of their drinking water source.

Keywords: Neoliberalism, Public Participation, Public Policy, Drinking Water Quality

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.291-296. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 492.590KB).

Marion Burchell

Senior Policy Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australian Government, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Marion Burchell, BSc (environmental science), BA (sociology), BTour (policy and planning), is a senior policy officer in natural resource management at the Department of Agriculture and Food. Previously, she worked as a senior environmental officer at the Water and Rivers Commission. She has an interest in public participation in the development of public sector policy.


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