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.


Lessons, Limits and Potential of Territorial Policies for Rural Areas

The need for territorial policies emerged from the recognition that rural development is not a sectoral issue but a territorial one. Given the varied nature and the multiplicity of problems that rural areas are facing, they cannot be addressed solely by agricultural policies. A multisectoral approach is thus crucial to respond to rural demands. To increase efficiency it is also important to focus on functional regions (i.e. territories where people both live and work) and to involve local actors within the decision-making process. Both the LEADER and Contigo programmes in Europe and Mexico respectively are examples of multisectoral approaches that can be carried out in terms of functional regions...


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