The evolution of rural policy: the Antipodean experience

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2012) The evolution of rural policy: the Antipodean experience. Policy and Society, 31 (4). pp. 343-353. ISSN 1449-4035


In common with other countries in the developed world, Australia and New Zealand developed an array of institutions and programs from the 1950s to the 1970s to support their agricultural sectors. From the mid-1980s they dismantled these, very rapidly in the case of New Zealand, to leave farmers and rural regions largely to market forces. This article explores the transition in Australia and New Zealand from agricultural policy based on 'protected development' to broader rural policy which includes consideration of regional development and environmentalism. We argue that the ideas and values of market liberalism are more apparent in rural policy in Australia and New Zealand than in the EU and US and we propose reasons for that, including differences in economic context, cultural ideas and political institutions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Policy and Society Associates (APSS). Published online 17 Oct 2012. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 23:49
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 01:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: free trade; rural industry; Australia; agricultural policy
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140203 Economic History
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9103 International Trade > 910303 Trade Policy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2012.09.006

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