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Title: The emergence of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
Author: Mayfield, Benjamin John William
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was intended to provide pedestrian access to open countryside, but also contains significant provisions for the conservation of the environment and for the devolution of power to local authorities. This thesis investigates the emergence of the Act, examining the way in which various influences have come together in order to shape the legislation. Of particular interest is the influence of pressure group politics, the effect of social and political change and the way in which government and lobbies have drawn upon the language of the ‘pervasive pastoral’. The method for investigating these influences is in two parts. A portion of the thesis is given to a critical review of the literature on emergence studies, pressure group politics and the countryside. The second part of the methodology is a series of qualitative interviews with representatives of interested groups such as the Ramblers Association and the Moorland Association. The thesis also includes a detailed analysis of the provisions of the Act, comparing these to the provisions of preceding legislation such as the 1925 Law of Property Acts and National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. The research places the legislation within a broader historical context and includes an analysis of the wider aims and values of the Act, examining the roots of these values and influences upon them. The thesis concludes that the new rights of access have emerged from a wider consensus on access to the countryside and the preservation of the environment. The balance between access and conservation is also indicative of the politics of the "Third Way’, whilst the creation of new access rights demonstrates the changing relationship between political power, people and the land.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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