Farmers’ Varying Economic, Environmental and Social Values and Attitudes as Barriers to Water Reform

32 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2011

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Geoff Kuehne

University of Melbourne

Henning Bjornlund

University of South Australia - International Graduate School of Management

Brian Cheers

University of South Australia - Centre for Rural Health and Community Development

Date Written: April 12, 2011

Abstract

This paper explores how the importance that farmers place on the dimensions of land, water, profit, family, community, and lifestyle affects their decision-making in response to the current generation of Australian water policies. Using factor analysis we identify and describe three value and attitude constructs: Succession, Caretaking, and Commerce and show how these can help to explain farmers’ decision-making. These value-constructs might help when designing and communicating new environmental policies so that farmers’ management responses will be more in line with policy expectations and thereby potentially reduce unwanted environmental, social and economic impacts of policies designed to address environmental and climate change issues.

Keywords: Farmers, Decision-Making, Water Reform

JEL Classification: QOO

Suggested Citation

Kuehne, Geoff and Bjornlund, Henning and Cheers, Brian, Farmers’ Varying Economic, Environmental and Social Values and Attitudes as Barriers to Water Reform (April 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808239 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1808239

Geoff Kuehne (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Henning Bjornlund

University of South Australia - International Graduate School of Management ( email )

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide South Australia 5001
Australia

Brian Cheers

University of South Australia - Centre for Rural Health and Community Development ( email )

111 Nicolson Ave
Whyalla-Norrie, South Australia
Australia

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