Rural Governance: International Perspectives

Rural Governance: International Perspectives. Edited by Lynda Cheshire, Vaughan Higgins and Geoffrey Lawrence London: Routledge, 2007.

Title Rural Governance: International Perspectives
Place of Publication London
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2007
Sub-type Edited book
ISBN 9780415399593
Editor Lynda Cheshire
Vaughan Higgins
Geoffrey Lawrence
Total number of pages 316
Subjects A3
370401 Urban and Regional Studies
750699 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
160804 Rural Sociology
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Abstract/Summary Recent decades have witnessed the transition from the government of rural areas towards processes of governance in which the boundaries between the state and civil society are blurred. As a result, governance is commonly linked to bottom-up or community-based approaches to planning and development, which are said to empower rural citizens and liberate them from the disabling structures of top-down government control. At the same time, however, a range of other actors beyond the local level have also become increasingly influential in determining the future of rural spaces, thereby embedding rural citizens within new configurations of power relations. This book critically explores the social causes and consequences of these emerging governance arrangements. In particular, the book seeks to move beyond questions of empowerment in governance debates and to consider how new kinds of power relations arise between the various actors involved. The book addresses questions concerning the nature of power relations in contemporary forms of rural governance, including: how community participation is negotiated and achieved; the effects of such participation upon the formulation and delivery of rural policies; the kinds of conflicts that arise between various stakeholder groups and the capacity of each group to promote its interests; and the prospects of this new approach for enhanced democratic governance in rural areas.
Keyword Partnership
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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