New Labour's countryside

Rural policy in Britain since 1997

Mike Woods

New Labour's countryside

Mike Woods

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

296 pages
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781861349323 Published September 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Rural policy has presented some of the most difficult and unexpected challenges to the New Labour government. From the Foot and Mouth crisis to the rise of the Countryside Alliance, from farm protests to concerns about rural crime, rural issues have frequently seized headlines and formed the basis of organized opposition to the government. Yet, the same government, elected with a record number of rural MPs, has also proactively sought to reform rural policy.This book critically reviews and analyses the development and implementation of New Labour's rural policies since 1997. It explores the factors shaping the evolution and form of New Labour's rural agenda, and assesses the impact of specific policies. Contributions examine discursive restructuring of the rural policy agenda, the institutional reforms and effects of devolution, the key political debates and challenges around hunting, agricultural reform, Foot and Mouth, housing development and the 'right to roam', and review policy developments with respect to crime, social exclusion and employment in the countryside, rural community governance and national parks."New Labour's Countryside" will be of interest to students of contemporary British politics and of rural studies, and to anyone involved in the government and politics of the countryside.
Contents
Part one: Contexts and political strategies
New Labour's countryside - Michael Woods
Rethinking rural policy under New Labour - Neil Ward
Rural governance, devolution and policy delivery - Mark Goodwin
New Labour's countryside in international perspective - Mark Shucksmith

Part two: The key debates
The foot and mouth crisis - Michael Winter
Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure? - Michael Woods
Planning and development in the countryside - Nick Gallent
Countryside access and the 'right to roam' under New Labour: nothing to CRoW about? - Gavin Parker
Agricultural policy - Alan Greer

Part three: Policies for the rural economy, society and environment
Rural community development and governance - Graham Gardner
New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England - Paul Milbourne
Policing policy and policy policing: directions in rural policing under New Labour - Richard Yarwood
Twenty-first century employment and training in the countryside? The rural 'New Deal' experience - Suzie Watkin and Martin Jones
National Parks and the governance of the rural environment - Nicola Thompson

Part four: Conclusion
Beyond New Labour's countryside - Michael Woods
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