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Sustainability and the rural economy: An evolutionary perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Guy Garrod, Professor Philip Lowe


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The authors define the rural economy not as a functional entity but as a complex, open system, the analysis of which requires an interdisciplinary approach oriented to the study of processes and interactions. This evolutionary perspective is illustrated by two generic studies of rural issues: the role played by the postwar planning regime in the definition and management of rural space in Britain; and the connection between agricultural development and the reproduction of farm structures. The understanding of sustainable development which emerges calls for a holistic and responsive approach to rural policy formulation.

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Author(s): Allanson P, Murdoch J, Garrod G, Lowe P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 1995

Volume: 27

Issue: 11

Pages: 1797-1814

Print publication date: 01/11/1995

ISSN (print): 0308-518X

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/a271797


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