What is it about?

This paper presents, analyses and discusses the results of a small scale online survey, supported by one-to-one interviews, which attempted to find out where influence lies (eg with which indiviuals, organisations) over "non-land related" rural policy in rural West Dorset, a county in south west England.

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Why is it important?

There has been little research in this area since machinery of (UK) government changes abolished regional development agencies and - the specialised - quangos, the Countryside Agency (2006) and its successor, the Commission for Rural Communities in 2013. Given concerns around, eg, rural homelessness, employment, transport and affordable housing, it is important to (try to) keep this topic alive. This is my attempt to do just that!


The research described in this paper is small scale, both geographically (deliberately) and scope (inevitably ... the author did the work in his own time, on his own, and at his own cost). Therefore, it is limited, but it is relevant. Although the work has the support of the University of Exeter's ethics committee and Centre for Rural Policy Research, the work is entirely the responsibility of the author.

Dr Gordon Morris
University of Exeter

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This page is a summary of: Rural policy, rural quangos – searching for clarity in West Dorset, south west England, Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, April 2018, UTS ePress, DOI: 10.5130/cjlg.v0i20.6022.
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