Curry, Nigel R (2009) The Disempowerment of Empowerment: How Stakeholding Clogs Up Rural Decision-making. Space and Polity, 13 (3). pp. 213-232. ISSN 1356-2576Full text not available from this repository.
In the context of a growth in both participatory democracy and responsible participation, rural decision-making in England has become increasingly complex over the past 30 years, fuelled by national polices relating to regionalism, citizenship and relocalisation. A survey of ‘agents of rural governance’ (ARGs) in the county of Gloucestershire, England, charts their recent growth, reasons for formation and perceived jurisdiction as well as examining complexities of decision-making relating to partnerships, networks and finance. The survey suggests that policies designed to ‘empower’ rural people can be seen to have clogged up rural decision-making processes sufficiently to have, effectively, disempowered many of them. The paper identifies and exemplifies six different types of ‘clogging up’ that impact upon rural decision-making: crowding, knotting, clouding, meandering, subverting and impoverishing. Whilst governmental proposals have been introduced in an attempt to rationalise this decision-making complexity, particularly through the Haskins Review and the English National Rural Strategy, other policy strands have conspired to make such decision-making essentially laissez faire.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Participatory democracy, Responsible participation, Rural, Regionalism, Citizenship, Relocalisation, Gloucestershire|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Divisions:||Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute|
|Depositing User:||Debi Jones-Davis|
|Date Deposited:||28 Mar 2014 11:54|
|Last Modified:||10 Apr 2014 09:02|