Rural and Regional Policy: A Case of Punctuated Incrementalism?

Geoff Cockfield, Linda BOTTERILL

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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