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Urban-rural interdependencies: Joining up policy in practice


  • Alison Caffyn
  • Margareta Dahlstrom


Caffyn A. and Dahlstrom M. (2005) Urban-rural interdependencies: joining up policy in practice, Regional Studies 39 , 283-296. 'Urban' and 'rural' are commonly used in an oppositional fashion. Authorities and agencies have similarly developed policies for development and regeneration in Britain with little cross-referencing. This paper argues that there are benefits to be gained by taking an integrated urban-rural approach to regional development and by focusing on interdependencies and commonalities rather than on differences. Policy documents at the European, national and regional levels are increasingly stressing interdependencies and the move towards regionalization adds to the shift in emphasis towards functional regions rather than to town and country. The paper reports primary research in England into the scale and scope of joint urban-rural collaboration in practice.

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  • Alison Caffyn & Margareta Dahlstrom, 2005. "Urban-rural interdependencies: Joining up policy in practice," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(3), pages 283-296.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:3:p:283-296
    DOI: 10.1080/0034340050086580

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    Urban-rural collaboration; Regional development; Policies; Partnerships; Local authorities; England; Collaboration urbano-rurale; Developpement regional; Politiques; Partenariats; Administrations locales; Angleterre; Zusammenarbeit von Stadt und Land; regionale Entwicklung; Bestrebungen; Partnerschaften; Ortsbehorden; England; Colaboracion urbana-rural; Regional development; Politicas; Asociaciones; Autoridades locales; Inglaterra; JEL classifications: P11; R11; R58;

    JEL classification:

    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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