The rural areas of Britain, Europe and the developed world are undergoing massive changes, with increasing concern about productivity, agricultural methods and environmental policy. Rural Politics examines the issues affecting rural areas, such as water pollution, forestry, and the greening of agricultural policy. It looks in particular at the political parameters to these issues and how concern for the countryside is essentially a part of a wider set of political processes. Rural Politics provides a much needed examination of the evolution and content of policies affecting today's countryside, both in terms of major land uses and economic and social development.
Michael Winter is Professor of Rural Economy and Society in the Countryside and Community Research Unit at Cheltenham and Gloucester College. Preview books include The Voluntary Principle in Conservation (with Philip Lowe and Graham Cox) and Church and Religion in Rural England (with Douglas Davies and Charles Watkins). He has conducted many research contracts for government agencies concerned with the British countryside.