A view from the UK
In October 2012, RPC Researcher Jane Atterton attended the OECD's 8th Rural Development Policy Conference in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. At the conference, Jane spoke at a session on 'Building on the New Rural Paradigm'.
Jane's presentation was based on work carried out with Frances Rowe (Rural Impact and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University). This work draws on evidence from England and Scotland to see how far the two countries are moving closer to, or further away from, the OECD's New Rural Paradigm (NRP). It then explores the key political, economic and social changes which are shaping the future trajectories of rural areas - and rural policies - in both countries and raises some questions regarding how the NRP could be adapted and expanded in response to these processes.
The work concludes by recommending ways in which the NRP as a framework could evolve, and practical tools that would support the delivery of rural policies more attuned to its principles, thus aiding OECD countries in implementing more effective policies for their rural territories.
The Policy Briefing produced from this work is available to download below. You can also download Jane's presentation via the 'Out and About' section of the RPC website.
This work builds on an earlier project undertaken by Frances to review rural policies and policy-making in England and Scotland in Autumn 2011.
Download the Policy Briefing
Building on the New Rural Paradigm: A view from the UK