Housing and the rural economy

Madhu Satsangi, Nick Gallent and Mark Bevan

in The rural housing question

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423856
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303985 | DOI:
Housing and the rural economy

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A new phenomenon where there is less concern for the downward trajectories of many rural economies is becoming evident in Britain and its sister states as well as in other parts of the world. In the rapidly urbanising and developing world, rural depopulation has been seen as the inevitable correlate of national economic progress. For many of these countries, there is an unspoken acceptance of rural areas as ‘backward’. In the advanced economies, where counter-urbanisation has been the norm for the last four decades, low-wage rural populations have experienced two sorts of problem — differential capacity for economic growth with the decline of fragile areas; and dual economies, where locals's buying power is outstripped by that of commuters or in-migrants. This chapter looks at the economic base of the rural housing question. The central argument of this chapter is that perspectives on current rural housing systems are linked with the fate of rural economies and views on the purposes of Britain's countrysides.

Keywords: housing; rural economy; Britain; rural depopulation; dual economies; economic growth

Chapter.  4844 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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