Articles authored by Missingham, Bruce


 By active citizenship, we [Oxfam] mean that combination of rights and obligations that link individuals to the state, including paying taxes, obeying laws, and exercising the full range of political, civil, and social rights. Active citizens use those rights to improve the quality of political or civic life, through involvement in the formal economy or formal politics, or through the sort of collective action that historically has allowed poor and excluded groups to make their voices heard. [….] 

This article presents a critical analysis of what caused Australia’s first Community Forest Management (CFM) trial to fail. We explore how ‘community’ was conceptualised and represented through the dynamic CFM process, leading to contradictions and conflicts that could not be resolved. Closely linked to these issues we examine the governance structures and institutions that were created to try to enable community participation in forest management.