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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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The State of Rural Regions

On the most common indicator of economic performance, GDP per capita, rural regions were only at 83% of the national average across OECD countries in 2000. Furthermore, in more than half of OECD countries (13 out of 23 with data), GDP per capita in rural regions declined as a per cent of the national average between 1995 and 2000.

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