Localism and the policy goal of securing the socio-economic viability of rural and regional Australia
Over time, the cumulative impacts on rural towns of globalising economic forces, informed as they were by neolliberal policies and drought, has meant not just socio-economic decline, but the increasing risk that regional towns and cities are sliding towards welfare-dependency. With many jobs and businesses at risk, concern about the viability of rural towns is once again uppermost in the minds of the community. It was within this context that localism re-emerged as a policy strategy designed to...[Show more]
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