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The Rural Economy and the British Countryside

ISBN 9780415850452
Published July 17, 2014 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Mention of the British countryside commonly evokes visions of pastoral contentment; but the nature of rural Britain has changed dramatically since 1945. The declining importance of farming as a source of income and employment in the course of this century has undermined the simple identity of the rural economy with the agricultural sector. The social composition of many villages has been transformed by incomers who commute to nearby towns and cities for their work. And EU policy is playing an increasingly important role in both the regulation of the countryside and the promotion of development through structural assistance programmes. The Rural Economy and the British Countryside offers critical perspectives on the changing profile of rural Britain by leading contributors in the field. It considers the meaning of the term 'rural' and what might constitute a sustainable rural economy; present and future patterns of rural development; the role of markets; natural resource management; agricultural pollution; marketing policies in the agricultural sector; environmental valuation techniques; rural policies and politics; and the future of the rural political economy. Written by a team of experts at the Centre for Rural Economy, which took a leading role in the debate surrounding preparation of the 1995 Rural White Paper, the book is ideal for students of rural and environmental policy, countryside management, planning and recreation, rural geography, and agriculture and environmental studies courses. Paul Allanson is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Dundee, specialising in evolutionary economics and structural change in agriculture. Martin Whitby is Professor of Countryside Management at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and is the author of Incentives for Countryside Management: the Case of ESAs and the European Environment and CAP Reform, among other titles. Originally published in 1996

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Lists of Figures and Tables Preface List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Prologue: Rural Policy and the British Countryside Paul Alhnson and Martin Whitby Part I: Rural Resources 1. The Role of Markets in the Rural Economy David Hatvey 2. Pesticides, Pollution and Sustainability Neil Ward 3. Natural Resource Management: the Case of Heather Moorland Ben White 4. Valuing Environmental Goods in the Countryside Guy Gawod 5. The Role of Marketing Rural Food Products Christogher Ritson and Shamn Kurnesof Part 11: Rural Economy 6. A Sustainable Rural Economy? Paul Allunson 7. The Planning of Rural Britain Jonathan Murdoch 8. Local Rural Development and the LEADER I Programme Christopher Ray 9. Losers and Gainers from Rural Policy Martin Whitby The Rural Economy and the British Countryside 10. Blueprint for a Rural Economy Philip Lowe References Index

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