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The Next Rural Economies

The Next Rural Economies

Constructing Rural Place in Global Economies

Edited by G Halseth, Professor, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, S Markey, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada, D Bruce, Adjunct Professor, Mount Allison University, Canada

December 2009 / Hardback / 320 Pages / 9781845935818 £85.00 / €110.00 / $160.00
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Main Description

Rural policy in industrialized countries is currently undergoing significant change. 'Place-based economies', where the unique attributes and assets of individual places determine their attractiveness for particular types of activities and investments, are increasingly important for rural development. The Next Rural Economies debates the future of rural development and highlights successes and failures to inform research, policy and community action. Case studies present discussions of the current state of rural community and economic restructuring and provide research and policy directions for constructing resilient and sustainable rural economies.


International academics and policy makers within geography, economic development, community development, community transition, and public policy.

1. Introduction: The Next Rural Economies

Demographics, Migration, and Immigration

2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed Something...? Rediscovering the Comparative Advantage of the New Pastoral Economies of Northern New South Wales, Australia

3 The US Great Plains, Change, and Place Development

4. A New Rural North Carolina: Latino Place-Making and Community Engagement

5. Connecting Rural and Urban Places: Enduring Migration between Small Areas in England and Wales

6. Ontario’s Greenbelt and Places to Grow Legislation: Impacts on the Future of the Countryside and the Rural Economy

Emerging Economies

7. Adding Value Locally through Integrated Rural Tourism: Lessons from Ireland

8. Value-Added Agricultural Products and Entertainment in Michigan’s Fruit Belt

9. Rural Restructuring and the New Rural Economy: Examples from Germany and Canada

10. Nurturing the Animation Sector in a Peripheral Economic Region: The Case of Miramichi, New Brunswick

Rural Policy and Governance

11. Co-Constructing Rural Communities in the 21st Century: Challenges for Central Governments and the Research Community in Working Effectively with Local and Regional Actors

12. Partnerships, People, and Place: Lauding the Local in Rural Development

13. The Political Economies of Place in the Emergent Global Countryside: Stories from Rural Wales

Rural-Urban Exchange

14. Reviving Small Rural Towns in the Paris Periurban Fringes

15. When Rural-Urban Fringes Arise as Differentiated Place: The Socio-Economic Restructuring of Volvic Sources et Volcans, France

16. Rural Development Strategies in Japan

Renewal in Resource Peripheries

17. Heroes, Hope, and Resource Development in Canada’s Periphery: Lessons from Newfoundland and Labrador

18. Fly-in, Fly-out Resource Development: A New Regionalist Perspective on the Next Rural Economy

19. Understanding and Transforming a Staples-Based Economy: Place-Based Development in Northern British Columbia, Canada

20. Space to Place: Bridging the Gap

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