Rural Governance: International Perspectives

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Recent decades have witnessed the transition from the government of rural areas towards processes of governance in which the boundaries between the state and civil society are blurred. As a result, governance is commonly linked to ‘bottom-up’ or community-based approaches to planning and development, which are said to ‘empower’ rural citizens and liberate them from the disabling structures of top-down government control. At the same time, however, a range of other actors beyond the local level have also become increasingly influential in determining the future of rural spaces, thereby embedding rural citizens within new configurations of power relations.

This book critically explores the social causes and consequences of these emerging governance arrangements. In particular, the book seeks to move beyond questions of empowerment in governance debates and to consider how new kinds of power relations arise between the various actors involved. The book addresses questions concerning the nature of power relations in contemporary forms of rural governance, including: how community participation is negotiated and achieved; the effects of such participation upon the formulation and delivery of rural policies; the kinds of conflicts that arise between various stakeholder groups and the capacity of each group to promote its interests; and the prospects of this new approach for enhanced democratic governance in rural areas.

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Table of Contents

List of figures     x
List of tables     xi
Notes on contributors     xii
Preface     xix
Introduction: governing the rural   Lynda Cheshire   Vaughan Higgins   Geoffrey Lawrence     1
Managing new forms of governance     19
Trust and control in farmer-government partnerships: a Dutch case study   Jasper Eshuis     21
Delineations of private and public: emerging forms of agri-environmental governance in Central and Eastern Europe   Thomas Sikor     37
Governance and innovations in the Nordic periphery   Nils Aarsaether   Torill Nyseth     51
Governing rural landscapes and environments: the strategic role of local community and global corporate partnerships   Peter Hoppe   Roy E. Rickson   David Burch     66
Initiating network governance through competition: experiences from eighteen German regions   Wolfgang Meyer   Sebastian Elbe     81
Reflexive agency and multi-level governance: mediating integrated rural development in Hungary   Gusztav Nemes   Chris High   Farah Huzair     98
Contesting government strategies: state policy and local agency     113
Neo-liberalism,neo-mercantilism and multifunctionality: contested political discourses in European post-Fordist rural governance   Mark Tilzey   Clive Potter     115
Transformation and representation in Barangay Sibalew, the Philippines   Roberto Saladar   Alison Loveridge     130
Governance, participation and empowerment: a non-prescriptive approach   Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella     143
Contested forest: logging the Main River watershed in western Newfoundland, Canada   Peter Sinclair   Honna Janeys-Hodder     160
Contesting competition: governance and farmer resistance in Australia   Jacqui Dibden   Chris Cocklin     175
Individualism, cooperation and conservation in Scottish farming communities   Kirsty Blackstock   Katrina Brown   Ben Davies   Peter Shannon     191
Prospects for democratic governance     209
Leadership in place: elites, institutions and agency in British rural community governance   Michael Woods   Bill Edwards   Jon Anderson   Graham Gardner     211
Democratizing governance in Australia's regions: the value of regional networks   Jo-Anne Everingham     227
Legitimacy, deliberative arenas and the new rural governance   Steve Connelly    Tim Richardson   Tim Miles     245
Governing bottom-up in rural development: the legitimacy dilemma   Benedikt Korf     259
Are shadows dark? Governance, informal institutions and corruption in rural India   Chris High   Rachel Slater   S. Rengasamy     273
Conclusion     289
Rural governance and power relations: theorizing the complexity of state-citizen interactions   Lynda Cheshire   Vaughan Higgins   Geoffrey Lawrence     291
Index     304
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