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The Governance of the Countryside
Property, Planning and Policy

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  • Date Published: January 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316484814

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  • Conflicts over the conservation of biodiversity, changing patterns in land use, pollution, climate change, public access and increasing demands for food and energy security lead to the creation of policies designed to reconcile interests and promote society's objectives. This book examines the origins and evolution of the institutions that determine the use and management of land and the delivery of ecosystem services, through private property rights, markets and public policies. Divided into five accessible parts, the book provides detailed coverage of the institutions, property and governance of the countryside, historical models, governance under sectoral policies and alternative approaches. It is carefully developed to meet the needs of anyone studying or interested in agricultural sciences, countryside management, rural environment and geography. Students, lecturers, policy makers, managers and consultants in these areas will find this a valuable resource.

    • Offers a unique institutional governance approach to the countryside and rural environment, focusing on the environmental aspects of rural areas
    • Highlights the challenges and pressures faced in the governance of rural land, reviewing conflicts over the conservation of biodiversity, changing patterns in land use, public access, pollution, climate change and increasing demands for food and energy security
    • Sets out the background and historical context to contemporary debates, examining the institutions and policies that have led to the present situation, their historical development and options for the future
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    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316484814
    • contains: 75 b/w illus. 32 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The place of the countryside
    2. Institutions, property and governance
    3. Institutions in the countryside
    Part II. Historical Models:
    4. Co-operation for production: common fields and enclosure
    5. Delivering diversity: the great estates and the management of the land
    Part III. Governance under Sectoral Policies:
    6. Agricultural policies, farming and the environment
    7. Land, development and planning
    8. Protected areas: the example of National Parks
    9. Wildlife conservation: National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and large-scale conservation areas
    10. Public rights of way and access to the countryside
    11. The control of agricultural pollution
    12. The development of agri-environment policy
    Part IV. Alternative Approaches to Governance:
    13. Reconstituting markets
    14. Co-ordination, co-operation and collective action
    15. Public land ownership
    Part V. Conclusions:
    16. Conclusions: ecosystem governance and resilient countrysides

  • Author

    Ian Hodge, University of Cambridge
    Ian Hodge is Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy and Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he has held appointments since 1983. He has over 40 years' experience of working in the areas of agricultural and environmental economics and policy, rural development and land use and countryside governance. He is currently a member of the Defra Economic Advisory Panel, previously a member of the MAFF/Defra Agricultural Economics Academic Panel, English Nature Socio-Economic Advisory Group, MAFF Task Force for the Hills and was a technical advisor to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review Group.

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