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New Labour's countryside: Rural policy in Britain since 1997

Mike Woods


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 f ... More

Keywords: rural policy, New Labour, Foot and Mouth, Countryside Alliance, farm protests, rural crime, rural issues, devolution, institutional reforms, hunting

Bibliographic Information

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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Mike Woods, editor

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