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Transnational co-operation between rural areas: Elements of a political economy of EU rural development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris Ray


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The re-territorialization of rural development across the EU is well under way, manifesting in a constantly evolving pan-European mosaic of territorial initiatives. This paper considers the significance of the phenomenon in terms of the emergence of a rural development system. This pan-European system has two functions: First, it represents a potential mode of capitalist production for territorial entities; and second, it functions as a system of distribution and co-ordination. The record of transnational co-operation projects created through the EU'S LEADER II Initiative is used to sketch a theory of the first mode based around the concept of interlocality connectivity. Taylor's ideas on global cities are borrowed in order to speculate on the potential for a hierarchy to emerge among the territorial entities of the rural development system. Attention then turns to the distributive function of the system in order to examine non-economic flows, using Dolowitz and Marsh's ideas on the policy transfer/learning process.

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Author(s): Ray C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociologia Ruralis

Year: 2001

Volume: 41

Issue: 3

Pages: 279-295

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0038-0199

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9523

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1467-9523.00183


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