Resource Curse or Cure ?

On the Sustainability of Development in Western Australia

  • Martin Brueckner
  • Angela Durey
  • Robyn Mayes
  • Christof Pforr

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Resource Curse or Cure? Framing the Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Martin Brueckner, Angela Durey, Robyn Mayes, Christof Pforr
      Pages 3-23
  3. Challenging Frontier Mythologies

  4. Labour Constructions in Mining

  5. (Under)mining Tourism?

  6. On the Environmental Dimensions of Mining

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Lisa Chandler
      Pages 165-177
    3. Charles Roche, Gavin Mudd
      Pages 179-194
    4. Jonathan D. Majer
      Pages 195-205
    5. Gemma Broderick, Pierre Horwitz
      Pages 207-219
  7. Living the Resource Boom

  8. Resource Curse or Cure? Analysis and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Martin Brueckner, Angela Durey, Robyn Mayes, Christof Pforr
      Pages 273-290
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


Globalisation and rapid social and environmental change in recent decades have brought into sharper focus not only the benefits but also the costs of economic development. The once assumed link between economic development and societal well-being is being increasingly questioned in the face of growing social and environmental problems and unfulfilled expectations concerning political and commercial decision-makers. The orthodox development dogma is being tested in particular in resource-based economies such as Western Australia, where globalisation pressures and the concomitant rise in the demand for natural resources highlight the difficulties of effectively balancing broader societal interests with those of industry and the state. This book provides a critical review of the socio-political, environmental and cultural state of play in Western Australia, offering an analysis of how resource-based developments are shaping the state and its people.


ecological and cultural significance industry-community relations resource-based development societal well-being sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Brueckner
    • 1
  • Angela Durey
    • 2
  • Robyn Mayes
    • 3
  • Christof Pforr
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Social SustainabilityMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.John Curtin Inst. of Public PolicyCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  4. 4.Curtin Business SchoolCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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