Foreword Douglas Whalan; The contributors; Figures; Tables; Glossary; Preface; Land degradation and government John Kerin; Part I. Physical and Biological Aspects of Land Degradation: 1. Australia's land resources at risk Colin Chartres; 2. Biological and physical phenomena in land degradation Gordon Burch, Dean Graetz and Ian Noble; 3. Detection and measurement of land degradation processes Robert Wasson; Commentary Adrian Webb; Part II. Social Costs: 4. Onsite costs of land degradation in agriculture and forestry Michael Blyth and Andrew McCallum; 5. Offsite costs of land degradation Garrett Upstill and Timothy Yapp; 6. Degradation pressures from non-agricultural land uses Lance Woods; Commentary Peter Greig; Part III. Legal, Institutional and Sociological Factors: 7. Land degradation: legal issues and institutional constraints John Bradsen and Robert Fowler; Commentary Michael Barker; 8. Land tenure: plaything of governments or an effective instrument? Michael Young; 9. Social bases of farmers' responses to land degradation Roy Rickson, Paul Saffigna, Frank Vanclay and Grant McTainsh; Part IV. Behavioural Causes, Economic Issues and Policy Instruments: 10. Land degradation: behavioural causes John Quiggin; 11. An economic perspective on government intervention in land degradation Michael Kirby and Michael Blyth; 12. Abatement of land degradation: regulations vs economic incentives Anthony Chisholm; Commentary Geoff Edwards; Part V. Pressure Groups, Public Agencies and Policy Forulation: 13. Pressure groups and policy formulation; 13a. Pressure groups John Ballard; 13b. Non-government organisations: a synopsis by the National Farmers' Federation Andrew Robb; 13c. Non-government organisations: a synopsis by the Australian Conservation Foundation Geoff Mosley; 14. Policy agents: their interaction and effectiveness Robert Junor and Warwick Watkins; Commentary John Paterson; Part VI. Towards More Effective Policies for Controlling Land Degradation: An Overview: 15. Contributions from the physical and biological sciences Graeme Robertson; 16. Contributions from the social sciences Robert Dumsday; 17. The practicalities of policy solutions Bruce Davis; Appendices A-D; Bibliography; Index.