RegNet Research Paper Series Vol. 4, No. 3

Author/s (editor/s):

van der Heijden, Jeroen
Larking, Emma
Ayling, M. Julie

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Working paper

RegNet Research Paper No. 2016/107

Opportunities and Risks of the ‘New Urban Governance’ in India: To What Extent Can it Help Addressing Pressing Environmental Problems?

Jeroen van der Heijden, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University (ANU)

The ‘new urban governance’ has made rapid inroads as an approach to govern the transition to more environmentally sustainable buildings and cities. It allows for a broad repertoire of actors and instruments in the governing of this transition and is expected to overcome some of the pervasive problems of mandatory regulation and legislation for urban development and transformation. This article studies six new urban governance practices in India based on a series of interviews with relevant actors. It seeks to better understand the opportunities and risks of this approach to urban governance for governing India’s rapid urbanisation. It finds that the new urban governance holds some promise, but is also critical of it. Particularly, the lack of mandatory urban regulation and legislation, the lack of institutional capital, and a culture of corruption in India undermine the promise that the new urban governance holds in this context.

RegNet Research Paper No. 2016/108

Irregular Immigrants in Australia and the US: Rights, Realities, and Political Mobilisation

Emma Larking, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University (ANU)

This article considers the gap between the universal promise of human rights and the reality of the rights enjoyed by irregular immigrants in liberal democracies such as Australia and the United States. Against the idea that stronger international rights enforcement mechanisms will automatically improve the position of irregular immigrants, it argues that international law currently provides a warrant for the way in which countries like Australia and the United States treat irregular immigrants. After developing this argument, the article explores how irregular immigrants might employ the language of rights more effectively in their political mobilisations.

RegNet Research Paper No. 2016/109

Preventing Organised Crime Australian-Style

Julie M. Ayling, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University (ANU) Australia’s approach to organised crime is evolving, with a growing recognition of the threats at both international and domestic levels and the need to work collaboratively to meet them. In recent years, a “tough on crime” policy has been adopted across Australia that focuses on exerting firm state control over associations between members of criminal organisations, with a view to disrupting their operations. But there are still gaps in Australia’s approach, particularly in relation to preventing organised crime infiltration into legitimate businesses.

This paper provides an overview of the Australian organised crime prevention landscape in 2016. It explains the anti-association approach adopted by states and territories, and outlines the rather ad hoc regulatory measures that deal with organised crime infiltration of legitimate businesses. It discusses new efforts being made, and obstructions that need to be overcome, to employ a more systematic regulatory approach to preventing organised crime, along the lines of the Dutch ‘administrative’ model.

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