Rural-Urban Policies: Changing Conceptions of the  Human-Environment Relationship

E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Svante Karlsson, Urban Lindgren, Örjan Pettersson, Linda Lundmark, Bill Slee, Mariann Villa, Diana Feliciano

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This chapter describes how understandings of the “rural” have progressed from a focus on either decline or amenity, whereby these more simplified understandings can be seen to have had an impact on rural policy development. The chapter argues that rural areas, including forests, need to be understood in relation to both production and integration with urban landscapes. It thus illustrates the role of both historical processes and policy in creating current understandings of the rural: drawing upon an example from the Swedish case, it amongst others shows that a redistributive tax system has played a larger and more crucial role than rural policy in retaining active rural areas in Sweden.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalisation and Change in Forest Ownership and Forest Use
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Resource Management in Transition
EditorsE.C.H. Keskitalo
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-57116-8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2020

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NameGlobalisation and Change in Forest Ownership and Forest Use


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