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Introduction: governing the rural


Cheshire, L and Higgins, V and Lawrence, G, Introduction: governing the rural, Rural Governance: International Perspectives, Routledge, L Cheshire, V Higgins, and G Lawrence (ed), London, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9780203968178 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780203968178


For more than a decade, scholars and policy makers have been deliberating on the changing nature of state activity in contemporary societies. Central to this process has been an ostensible shift in the way rule is exercised, from that of government by a central authority known as ‘the state’ to new forms of governance enacted by a range of state and non-state actors. While initial literature on the subject tended to imply that governance was essentially an urban phenomena (see Pierre 1998), a substantial body of research has since been undertaken on the topic of rural governance to show that the extent and impact of such changes are equally significant for rural economies and societies (see, for example, Edwards et al. 2001; Eversole and Martin 2005; Goodwin 1998; Herbert-Cheshire 2000; MacKinnon 2002; Marsden and Murdoch 1998).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:rural, governance
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:138151
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-07-22

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