By Philip Lowe, Terry Marsden and, Jonathan Murdoch, Neil Ward
Within the wake of BSE, the danger to prohibit fox looking and Foot and Mouth disorder, the English nation-state seems to be in turmoil. Long-standing makes use of of rural house are in obstacle and, unsurprisingly, political tactics in rural components are marked via conflicts among teams, akin to farmers, environmentalists, builders and native citizens. utilizing an leading edge theoretical strategy according to 'networks of conventions', this publication investigates the 'regionalisation' of the English geographical region via a sequence of case-studies. those stories are in keeping with a suite of 'ideal types': 'the preserved' nation-state, the place environmental pressures are strongly expressed; the 'contested' nation-state, the place improvement techniques are formed by means of disputes among agrarian and environmental pursuits; and the 'paternalistic' geographical region, the place huge landowners proceed to supervise styles of land improvement. It seems intimately at landowners, citizens, politicians, planners, farmers, and environmentalists and exhibits how those teams compete.The Differentiated geographical region argues that the geographical region is more and more ruled by way of local rules. It turns into challenging to determine a unmarried English nation-state; we see the emergence of a number of countrysides, locations the place different modes of id are expressed and differing kinds of improvement happen. Such range, it's argued, now lies on the middle of rural England.
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In the UK it has been introduced on a regionalised basis so that Scotland and Wales now administer their own Rural Development Plans (under the devolved governments of those countries) while the English plan is divided into nine administrative regions. It would seem that as rural development becomes a more important aspect of agricultural policy, so that policy is likely to become more regional in nature. We return to this theme in Chapter 7. Post-war planning policy Agricultural policy in the post-war era has been accompanied by a national planning policy, one that has been charged with protecting the countryside from urban development.
We can thus see the consolidation of a much more developmental ‘environment of action’ in Northumberland, one built around traditional concerns for rural socio-economic development set within a localistic context. In Chapter 7 we draw out a comparative analysis from the three case study chapters in order to elaborate a number of general findings. We then set these ‘findings’ within the context of policies for the differentiated countryside. We show that contemporary policy changes are taking a regionalised form and these carry significant implications for how the differentiated countryside is governed.
In Chapter 8 we reflect upon the dynamics of differentiation and outline possible futures for the differentiated countryside. In short, we seek to analyse here differentiation in the context of regionalisation. We aim to provide an account which sets out the main causes and consequences of these two interlinked processes and which allows us to consider how they work to shape the modern countryside. We undertake this task by examining the interaction between economic, political and social processes in the context of rural land development.