Democracy and Governance for Resourcing the Commons

Theory and Practice on Rural-Urban Balance

  • Janet McIntyre-Mills
  • Norma R. A. Romm
  • Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Part I

  3. Social and Environmental Security: Towards Non-Anthropocentric Rural-Urban Governance

  4. Key Concerns Relating to Migration to the City and Strategies to Prevent the Risks of Trafficing to Women and Children

  5. Policy Directions to Promote Social and Environmental Security

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 473-476

About this book


This book promotes the well-being of the commons through representation and accountability through monitoring from below in order to operationalize engagement. This book views the commons as a legal concept, a transformative governance concept, and a basis for systemic ethics. The chapters focus on practical responses to address complex problems that comprise many interrelated variables and are perceived differently by stakeholders with different values and life experiences. By considering these different stakeholders, the goal is to highlight ways to regenerate and invigorate employment opportunities. The book identifies pathways towards ethical vocational education to enable lifelong engagement by active citizens which requires action learning to address areas of perceived policy concern. Throughout the chapters in this book, the authors discuss transformative research and its implications on stakeholders. They focus on re-presentation and its implications for thinking and practice. One author makes the case for fostering non anthropocentric approaches to ethical development. In addition, the chapters cover case studies including governance challenges associated with water management using a mixed method approach and also production of mushrooms in collaboration with coffee growers in Jakarta. The book focuses on ways to de-colonialise knowledge formation in public policy and makes the case for an alternative approach to governance and democracy that takes into account a range of local people’s perspectives.  


Cascade Blue Economy Systemic Intervention Mixed Methods Action Research Systemic Practice Social Justice Environmental Justice Unemployment Ethical Vocational Education Sustainable Development Sustainability Wellbeing Democracy Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Janet McIntyre-Mills
    • 1
  • Norma R. A. Romm
    • 2
  • Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes
    • 3
  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.DABE, Sunnyside CampusUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.College of Humanities, Arts and Social SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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