Governance of the Countryside book Ian HodgeA friend and collaborator of the CCRI, Professor Ian Hodge, has just published a book called “The Governance of the Countryside, Property, Planning and Policy” (ISBN: 9780521623964).

Ian Hodge is Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy and Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge.

The book is highly relevant to topics covered in CCRI research, in particular concerning property rights and environmental management and governance. CCRI’s Professor Janet Dwyer, Chris Short and Professor Nigel Curry all provided comments on earlier drafts of the book and are thanked in the acknowledgements section.

The book examines the origins and evolution of the institutions that determine the use and management of land and the delivery of ecosystem services, through private property rights, markets and public policies. Divided into five accessible parts, it provides detailed coverage of the institutions, property and governance of the countryside, historical models, governance under sectoral policies and alternative approaches. It is carefully developed to meet the needs of anyone studying or interested in agricultural sciences, countryside management, rural environment and geography. Students, lecturers, policy makers, managers and consultants in these areas will find this a valuable resource.

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