Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:1 (Spring 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


William Galston and Karen Baehler provide an excellent comprehensive overview of rural development policy and approaches. Their book is enriched by Galston's perspective as a Clinton White House domestic policy advisor and the Who's Who of rural development experts who reviewed and contributed to it.

Part one offers a progressive, expansive panorama of rural development in the United States in the 1990s. Particularly fine is the first chapter's review of critical trends and policy choices. The balance of the work is a textbook approach to seven fundamental sectors within the rural economy: natural resources, manufacturing, services, tourism, the elderly, high technology, and telecommunications. By providing consistent organization and numerous summary lists of conclusions, insights, and observations, the authors have produced a highly serviceable reference guide.