The availability of local services and its impact on community cohesion in rural areas: Evidence from the English countryside

Cabras, Ignazio and Lau, Chi Keung (2019) The availability of local services and its impact on community cohesion in rural areas: Evidence from the English countryside. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 34 (3). pp. 248-270. ISSN 0269-0942

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094219831951

Abstract

This paper investigates how the availability of services and amenities influences levels of community cohesion in rural England. Specifically, we measure levels of community cohesion in selected rural parishes between two points of time (2000 and 2010) using an index of indicators based on the presence or absence of retailers and amenities. Results of this analysis provide empirical evidence that the presence of facilities and services has a considerable impact on residents in rural areas, suggesting a significant relationship between the presence of small retailers and social engagement in the English countryside. We discuss these findings with regard to policies and initiatives that could enhance the positive impact that services and amenities operating within villages and rural hamlets have on local communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community cohesion, England, local development, rural services and facilities, third places
Subjects: N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 09:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38615

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