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Amenities and Rural Development

Amenities and Rural Development

Theory, Methods and Public Policy

New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Edited by Gary Paul Green, Steven C. Deller and David D. Marcouiller

Amenities and Rural Development explores the paradigmatic shift in how we view land resources and the potential for development in amenity-rich rural regions. Amenity-based growth can lead to several paths, based largely on proximity to urban areas and the type of development that occurs, whether it be seasonal residents, retirees, or tourism. The distributional implications of amenity-led development are an important consideration for policy, both within and between communities and regions. The contributors conclude that public policy needs to focus on maximizing complementary and supplementary uses while minimizing antagonistic uses of amenities.

Chapter 19: Amenities and Rural Development: Policy Implications and Directions for the Future

David W. Marcouiller, Steven C. Deller and Gary Paul Green

Subjects: environment, environmental sociology, urban and regional studies, regional studies


David W. Marcouiller, Steven C. Deller and Gary Paul Green Amenities such as mountain landscapes, lakes, forests and open space exist within a complex set of interrelationships that are increasingly important in understanding changes in rural regions. During the 1990s there has been increased interest in the role of amenities in rural development. Whether thought to be driven by unprecedented growth in leisure travel, overall maturation of a post-industrial society, globalization or a lack of alternative rural opportunities, there is little disagreement that a paradigmatic shift is underway in how we view land-based rural resources and the developmental determinants of amenity-rich rural regions. The expanding literature that addresses the extent, impact, and causes of natural amenity-driven rural development has been criticized for its lack of a conceptual base. Although there is an expanding and fairly sizeable amount of good empirical work, it has been difficult to develop generalizations that can inform public policy. We have several objectives with this volume. We are interested in advancing discussions related to key shortcomings, integrative needs and interdisciplinary opportunities with respect to the topic of amenities and rural development. First, we included presentation of the alternative theoretical approaches that produce generalizations about amenities and rural development. Second, we were interested in measurement and tracking of both the extent of amenities and their effects on the rural condition. Finally, we addressed the development of more informed public policy that is appropriate for application to rural contexts. We recognize that these objectives span a...

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