This project will inform questions at the heart of EU policies for rural areas and peripheral, marginal regions. New patterns of diversity and differentiatation are emerging, and localities have uneven capacities with which to face this uncertain future. The purpose of this research is to enquire into those characteristics of marginal rural communities, which build their capacity to diversify their economies and to maintain their competitiveness and social cohesion in this context. Specifically, the research will explore those dimensions of a community's "social capital" which have been identified in theoretical accounts as underlying successful performance, competitiveness and cohesion. The study will be conducted in six countries. The results will indicate how policy intervention can help build social capital and so assist in promoting endogenous rural development and the future competitiveness and cohesion of marginal rural areas.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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