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Rural governance and power relations: theorizing the complexity of state–citizen interactions


Cheshire, L and Higgins, V and Lawrence, G, Rural governance and power relations: theorizing the complexity of state-citizen interactions, Rural Governance: International Perspectives, Routledge, L Cheshire, V Higgins and G Lawrence (ed), London, pp. 291-303. ISBN 9780203968178 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780203968178


Throughout the world, governments have played – and continue to play – a significant role in the organization of rural social life. Legislative rules and regulations have shaped the forms and dynamics of social interaction, and state agencies have intervened in rural economies in an effort to secure, inter alia, higher levels of production, improved industry efficiencies, increased employment, lower levels of poverty and, more generally, to improve the life chances of farm and regional populations. The typical means of directing such activity within liberal democracies has been through a broad set of agencies, comprising elected representatives and authorised bureaucracies, that are known collectively as ‘the government’ (see Dean and Hindess 1998). One key aspect of this liberal view of government has been a clear demarcation between the spheres of ‘state’ and ‘civil society’, and a desire to set limits upon the state’s capacity to intervene in the workings of the ‘non-governmental’ realm.

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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:138152
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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