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Beyond New Labour’s countryside

Michael Woods

in New Labour's countryside

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349323
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349323.003.0015
Beyond New Labour’s countryside

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This concluding chapter evaluates the impact of New Labour's rural policy in Great Britain and identifies its lasting legacies. It suggests that New Labour's rural policy has been successful in achieving its political objectives, but that the measurable outcomes for people living and working in the countryside are mixed. The chapter contends that the greatest impact of New Labour's rural policy is to be found not in the relative performance of rural areas against urban areas, but in the widening of economic, cultural, and political differences in the countryside itself.

Keywords: rural policy; New Labour; Great Britain; political objectives; countryside; legacies

Chapter.  8750 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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