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Best practice lessons in managing the rural and agricultural transition following EU membership

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard, Professor Matthew GortonORCiD


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This working paper identifies factors determining, and lessons of best practice in managing, rural and agricultural transition following EU membership in five selected case studies. The analysis draws on both desk-research and interviews. It shows that there is no single exclusive model or factor behind rural development, but multiple development trajectories resulting from various combinations of local, regional, national and global forces in specific circumstances. The nature of the effects of EU membership on rural transition is shaped by the interplay between the accession experience and the particular socio-economic conditions of each country. The combination of various endogenous and exogenous forces is consistent with neo-endogenous development theory, but much of the economic progress of these rural regions is not necessarily in line with the spirit of the theory. Rural transition cannot be considered outside the national economic context, as the development rural areas is inevitably tied, but not exclusively hostage, to the fortunes of national economies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hubbard C, Gorton M

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Draft Summary Briefing Paper

Year: 2009

Report Number: Deliverable 9.1

Place Published: Scarled Project