Rethinking rural policy under New Labour

Neil Ward

in New Labour's countryside

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349323
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302858 | DOI:
Rethinking rural policy under New Labour

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This chapter examines the implementation of a ‘modernisation’ agenda in the Labour government's rural policy in Great Britain. It describes the work of the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) in preparing for the 2000 Rural White Paper and the establishment of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra). The chapter also discusses Lord Haskins' recommendations as to how to simplify the delivery of rural programmes and how to achieve Defra's rural priorities and targets cost-effectively.

Keywords: rural policy; modernisation; Labour government; Cabinet Office PIU; Rural White Paper; Defra; Lord Haskins

Chapter.  6732 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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