Although the book presents an international perspective on rural change, it is deliberately focused on developed market economies. Any wider geographical coverage would make the material too general (often inappropriate) and the choice of examples too difficult. As it is, the text examines a number of broad themes which are applied to selected countries, especially the United Kingdom and the United States. This choice again reflects the expertise of the authors, but it does help to focus on countries that are among the most advanced in the transition towards post-productivism.