Forschungs- & Entwicklungsinformationsdienst der Gemeinschaft - CORDIS

Approach to assessing impact of policy

Policy can have a direct or indirect effect on existing networks for rural cooperation

The newly acceded CEE states find their rural development strategy should fit into the European Union's framework and policy for rural development. The EU's approach is based on using rural networks for policy implementation, or building networks where they are missing in a participatory manner. The project has explored cases where cooperation is evident in rural CEE, and highlighted cases where cooperation is desirable, yet unattainable in current circumstances. Rural policy in CEE should be sensitive to the local institutions and conditions.

An evaluation tool was developed to classify the effect of policy on cooperation. Policy can have a direct or indirect effect on existing networks, both of which should be understood at the policy design stage. An example of a direct effect on cooperation would be a rural development policy with the specific goals of creating cooperation between rural people. An example of indirect effect would be a policy that was not necessarily focused on rural development but impinged on the activities of rural people. Examples of benign and malign indirect effects were discussed.

The paper on main result 1, entitled "The Governance of Cooperation - Policy implications for rural Central and Eastern Europe" by Catherine Murray, Volker Beckmann and Annette Hurrelmann, will be revised and submitted to a journal for publication. It may also become part of a special issue of a journal (see below under main result 3).

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