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Public preferences for rural policy reform: evidence from Scottish surveys


McVittie, Alistair; Moran, Dominic; Elston, David


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Abstract Agricultural reform across the European Union has focussed debate on how multifunctional agriculture accommodates wider rural social objectives. We derive a range of policy attributes and undertake two surveys using multicriteria analysis and economic valuation to explore public preferences for rural policy. The results suggest a willingness to pay for both environmental and social benefits, notably locally grown food, water quality, wildlife habitats and maintaining rural communities. The public has assigned greatest weight to the policy option, locally grown food, that can be most closely linked to them in a direct-use sense and that is also routinely transacted for. Preferences were invariant across three regions and between rural and urban populations. The multicriteria survey yielded a different preference ordering and we suggest that this arises from the differing elicitation methods and is a potential drawback of the multicriteria approach employed.
Klassifikation spezielle Ressortpolitik; Raumplanung und Regionalforschung; Wirtschaftsstatistik, Ökonometrie, Wirtschaftsinformatik
Freie Schlagwörter rural policy; public preferences; Scotland
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 609-626
Zeitschriftentitel Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400902926359
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)