Citation Information: Ocean & Coastal Management; Volume 53, Issue 9, September 2010, Pages 581–588
Authors: Andrew Macintosh, Tim Bonyhady, Debra Wilkinson
Abstract: While steps can be taken to reduce the risk of excessive payouts, poor administration and politicisation, there is no way of eliminating all of the problems that confront MPA-related assistance programs. The reallocation of property rights that is associated with the creation of MPAs is an inherently difficult process, potentially involving significant political risks and intense industry and community resistance. Government assistance programs provide a means of mitigating these risks, while also addressing legitimate equity and efficiency concerns. Irrespective of what measures are put in place to manage program design and administration risks, there will always be a temptation for governments to use assistance programs to solve their own political problems and quell industry and community concerns.