OECD Rural Policy Reviews

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This series presents comprehensive reviews of rural policy in individual countries as well as analytical reports on various aspects of rural policy.
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OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Scotland, UK 2008

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02 Sep 2008
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Rural Scotland represents an important resource for national development and growth, but large unexploited potential remains. Many of Scotland’s strengths are rural in nature, including an abundant land area, rich natural and cultural resources, higher standards of living, and a stable and relatively diversified economy with good employment and entrepreneurship indicators. This comprehensive review of rural policy in Scotland recommends a more integrated approach to rural policy which addresses land and housing related issues, economic diversification in key emerging sectors, service delivery improvements and actions to exploit rural-urban linkages.
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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Assessment and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Profile of Rural Scotland
-Key Points
-What is "Rural" Scotland?
-Rural Scotland Displays Good Socio-Economic Indicators as Compared to Urban and Intermediate Areas
-Scottish Rural Regions Displayed Strong Labour Market Performance
-Some Rural Regions Rank among the Highest in Terms of GDP per Capita Growth in Scotland
-The Economic Profile of Scotland is Evolving
-Annex 1.A1.Rural Scotland Defined
-Annex 1.A2. Additional Maps
-Annex 1.A3. Additional and Extended Table
Chapter 2. Policy Assessment
-Key Points
-Scotland's Approach to Rural Policy is Innovative and Rapidly Evolving
-The SDRP is a Sound Strategy, with Clear Objectives
-Centralistion and the lack of Adequate Bottom-Up Participation to Rural Policy
Chapter 3. Policy Recommendations
-Key Points
-Scotland Needs a Distinct, Integrated Rural Policy
-Better Targeting Rural Policy will also Involve Rethinking the Classification "Rural"
-Scottish Rural Development Strategy Should Find a Better Balance among Interventions
-A Place-Based, Widely-Shared Approach is Key
-Key Priorities for Scotland's Rural Policy

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