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New Labour's countrysideRural policy in Britain since 1997$
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Mike Woods

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349323.001.0001

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New Labour’s countryside

New Labour’s countryside

(p.2) (p.3) One New Labour’s countryside
New Labour's countryside

Michael Woods

Policy Press

This chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the Labour government's rural policy in Great Britain since 1997. The book is divided into three parts. The first part addresses the broad themes and features of New Labour's rural policy; the second focuses on the key issues that have defined New Labour's engagement with rural politics including the Foot and Mouth crisis, hunting, housing development, the ‘right to roam’, and agricultural-policy reform; and the third examines the treatment of rural issues within broader policy arenas. The book also analyses the position of rural-policy reforms in Britain since 1997 within a broader context, drawing on wider analytical frameworks and exploring links to larger-scale political agendas and processes of restructuring.

Keywords:   rural policy, Great Britain, Labour government, rural politics, Foot and Mouth, hunting, housing development, right to roam, agricultural policy, policy reforms

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