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Call for papers/Appels de communications : Government intervention in rural and regional Australia and beyond

Source: Rural Society Journal.
There is ongoing debate surrounding the level of government intervention required to assist rural and regional communities. Prior to the Global Financial Crisis, neo-liberal economic ideology dominated not only business but also government spending decisions.

A rationale developed that markets could best decide what areas would economically grow. The view was that government intervention was only propping-up communities which would otherwise have to adjust its expectations and accept limited social and economic opportunities. While the Global Financial Crisis heralded a new Keynesian approach to government spending, the funding approaches were more akin to stimulating the economy than setting long term planning to improve rural and regional economies. Consequently, while there have been increases in government spending it still has not been reconciled to what level and length government intervention should be applied to rural and regional communities.

We invite submissions to a special edition of Rural Society that will explore these issues. The special edition will feature an international cast of authors along with nationally recognised scholars in the fields of rural and regional policy making.

Deadline for Papers: 28th February 2011
Editor: Troy Whitford, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia
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