The Future of Rural Policy

From Sectoral to Place-Based Policies in Rural Areas

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This book examines the major rural developments and the issues that policy makers have been dealing with across the OECD over the last two decades.  The OECD Conference, held in Siena, Italy, in July 2002, on the Future of Rural Policy, identified the need for rural policies to look beyond agriculture and offer new trajectories of development.  It concluded that the major shift necessary to guarantee the future vitality of rural regions is the diversification of their economies.  The papers examine key critical issues, including the EU LEADER Community Initiative and the Mexican Micro-region programme and provide a new approach that recognises the importance of the interdependence between rural and urban areas, fostering investment (rather than distributing subsidies).  This approach also emphasises governance structures that get the locals involved in grass root initiatives to develop and implement new policies.  This book is for practitioners and policy makers involved in grass root policies.


Endogenous and Sustainable Development in Rural Areas

The shift in the dominant concepts of rural development favouring sustainability and endogenous approaches is notably linked to the diversification from primary sectors towards industry and services that is taking place in a majority of rural areas. Given the volatility of branch plant investment and the vulnerability of small firms in the rural context, sustainability of communities is increasingly a concern. Not only is the focus on local development related to the need to embed investment in the territory, it is also pertinent to the necessity to better tap rural resources, notably territorial capital and amenities. Thus far, this focus has been weak and rural policies have remained ancillary to agricultural policy; however, this is changing...


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