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Towards a meta-framework of endogenous development: repertoires, paths, democracy and rights

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris Ray


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Although interest in endogenous (integrated, participative, bottom-up) rural development by policy makers, practitioners and academics continues to grow, the term suffers from an incomplete conceptualization. This prescriptive essay proposes a meta-framework in which to conceptualize the nature of endogenous development in the contemporary, contexts of globalization and Europeanization. The framework is built around three main components. Territorial repertoires and development paths encapsulate the nature of ownership and choice in the exploitation of resources. This derives from a more sophisticated understanding of territorial agency. A repertoire functions dynamically as a mediator between the local territory and the extralocal level and so the component rights focuses attention onto this flexible interface, through the support potentially available from extralocal regulation and through a raising of consciousness within the local territory. Rights, by energizing a cultural and political dynamic, allow for a discourse on alternative paths of development to be pursued, which is itself operationalized through any or all of the three modes of democracy.

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Author(s): Ray C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociologia Ruralis

Year: 1999

Volume: 39

Issue: 4

Pages: 521-537

Print publication date: 01/10/1999

ISSN (print): 0038-0199

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9523

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1467-9523.00122


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