2. Rural Political Action
My research continues to explore the motivations and means of political action, particularly in rural areas. This contribution has been fundamentally made through an ESRC-funded project on ‘Grassroots Rural Protest and Political Activity in Britain’ (£198,249, co-applicant with Dr Michael Woods at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth). This research focused on the growth of rural protest in recent years, notably the radicalisation and increasing militancy of groups such as the Countryside Alliance. This project ran for two years, employed two Research Associates, and undertook both a national survey of political activity and an in-depth ethnography of four rural locations in England & Wales. A number of academic papers are in the final stages of preparation from this project, and the work has resulted in a range of conference papers for academic audiences. Expertise in this area has been recognised through invitation to submit to Legislation Committee No.2 of the Welsh Assembly Government on the Proposed Order relating to Local Government (2009), following on from a number of publications for Welsh Assembly Government [1-2].
- Woods, M., Edwards, B., Anderson, J., Gardner, G. and Hughes, R. 2003 Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales. Final Report to the Welsh Assembly Government. Welsh Assembly Government.
- Woods, M., Edwards, B., Anderson, J., Gardner, G. and Hughes, R. 2003 The Representational Role of Community and Town Councils. Fourth Interim Report to the Welsh Assembly Government. Welsh Assembly Government.