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Title: Social Licence to Irrigate: The Boundary Problem
Contributor(s): Shepheard, Mark (author)orcid ; Martin, Paul (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: The ability of an irrigation business to use water depends on having a property right to access water, but exercise of this right also depends on government decisions to allocate water or invest in water infrastructure. While this secure property right may be necessary, it is far from sufficient. A social licence is also needed. It has been suggested that a legal 'duty of care', or triple bottom line reporting will protect that social licence. This article suggests that such rhetoric masks a fundamental management problem of the lack of boundaries to social accountability. Managers face a conflict between their legal duties to manage the enterprise in the (economic) interests of its owners and the vaguely defined expectation that they will meet unspecified social obligations.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Social Alternatives: Justice and Governance in Water, 27(3), p. 32-39
Publisher: Social Alternatives
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
ISSN: 0155-0306
Field of Research (FOR): 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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