Browse by author
Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Hejnowicz
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Public environmental organisations face a Herculean task: to be responsive to publicand executive expectations for decentralisation, integration, increasing accountabilitiesand efficiency savings plus, contemporaneously, managing increasingly complex nature–society systems as exemplified by the water–energy–food nexus. The public-agencyinnovation literatures and contingency theory offer partial explanations for this challenge.However, this article, which sits at the intersection of public administration andorganisational theory, proposes a new analytical framework for framing public-agencyresponses to nexus complexity. It first outlines the framework and then tests it on thecase of Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh national natural environment agency. Thiscase identifies six distinct innovations that have adopted to meet complex nexus pressures.This leads us to characterise the case as an example of a multi-scalar, hybrid,adhocratic organisation designed to meet nexus challenges. These findings have widerimpact for the international community of public agencies with socio-environmentalremits facing similar nexus pressures and challenges in the 21st century
Author(s): Kirsop-Taylor N, Hejnowicz AP
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Public Policy and Administration
Pages: epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 21/05/2020
Acceptance date: 21/05/2020
Date deposited: 18/02/2021
ISSN (print): 0952-0767
ISSN (electronic): 1749-4192
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Altmetrics provided by Altmetric