Rural and regional policy: a case of punctuated incrementalism?

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2013) Rural and regional policy: a case of punctuated incrementalism? Australian Journal of Public Administration , 72 (2). pp. 129-142. ISSN 0313-6647


The rural policy environment has many of the conditions that might suggest a tendency towards punctuated equilibrium. The Commonwealth has little direct power over rural space and industries, there has been a long tradition of state support for agriculture and decision-making has generally been kept within a tight policy community, dominated by rural interests. In our review of the PAP data and policy history, we find instead an underlying movement across time and governments towards an expectation of self-reliance for rural businesses and communities. On top of the long-term incremental movement towards this expectation, issue attention has shifted according to political, climatological and market conditions, rather than necessarily in line with changes in policy content.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and The Authors. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - No Department
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 01:05
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy community; policy content; rural and regional policy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12016

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