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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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Beyond New Labour’s countryside

Beyond New Labour’s countryside

(p.256) (p.257) Fifteen Beyond New Labour’s countryside
New Labour's countryside

Michael Woods

Policy Press

This concluding chapter evaluates the impact of New Labour's rural policy in Great Britain and identifies its lasting legacies. It suggests that New Labour's rural policy has been successful in achieving its political objectives, but that the measurable outcomes for people living and working in the countryside are mixed. The chapter contends that the greatest impact of New Labour's rural policy is to be found not in the relative performance of rural areas against urban areas, but in the widening of economic, cultural, and political differences in the countryside itself.

Keywords:   rural policy, New Labour, Great Britain, political objectives, countryside, legacies

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