1st Edition

Routledge Revivals: A Rural Policy for the EEC (1984)

ISBN 9781138307780
Published June 6, 2019 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1984, Hugh Clout’s work contributes to one of the most debated and important topics of the time, the European Economic Community. Starting from the Mid-20th century, Clout explains the profound socio-economic and environmental changes that effected the countryside of Western Europe. This work shows how the EEC’s wide-ranging Common Agricultural Policy added a measure of uniformity to farm policies. Clout reveals that the transformation however was not an entirely healthy one. The broad process of agricultural modernisation reinforced the numerical decline of farm workers throughout Western Europe, weakened many rural communities, and served to accentuate depopulation. Clout’s work ultimately argues forcibly that to produce such a programme for managing rural Europe would be a major challenge for the EEC in the future.


Table of Contents


Figures and Tables

General Editor’s Preface

Author’s Preface


1. The Community’s Countryside 

2. Rural Europe at Mid-Century 

3. Depopulation 

4. Repopulation  

5. Rural Land and Farming Structures  

6. Transforming the Farming Environment 

7. Conserving the Countryside  

8. Managing Rural Areas 

9. Toward a Rural Policy


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