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The New Rural Paradigm

Policies and Governance

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What is the new rural paradigm? Its main characteristics are a focus on places rather than sectors and an emphasis on investments rather than subsidies. In an era of reduced agricultural employment, this report highlights the important and diverse challenges facing rural areas, their unused potential, and the inability of sectoral policy to address this. It also provides an overview of the main socio-economic trends affecting rural areas across the OECD. Further, it addresses the governance requirements of the new cross-sectoral approach to rural policy.

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TDPC Chairman's Statement

During the two-day debate on rural development policy, there was a hidden tension (almost as something not to be talked about) between two different objectives: equity and efficiency. The first one being related to the social objective of allowing all citizens at least “minimum equal chances” (however defined); the second one capturing the goal of competitiveness. Even if it is difficult to admit, these two dimensions (equity and efficiency) do not always go together.

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