Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas

W. Wellbrock, D. Roep, M. Mahon, E. Kairyte, B. Nienaber, D.M. Domínguez García, M. Kriszan, M. Farrell

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Raising collective agency is key to successful place-based development approaches. Existing policy arrangements have, however, been criticised, suggesting a need to effectuate more collaborative modes of governance. This paper shall contribute to a better understanding of how public support can best be arranged to raise collective agency for a more collaborative mode of governance in rural areas. The paper elaborates on findings of empirical investigations conducted within the EU FP7 project DERREG. It will be shown that differences in effectuating more collaborative modes of governance can partly be ascribed to different political dynamics, economic and demographic situations as well as the presence of a shared sense of place. To raise collective agency effectively requires a joint reconsideration and restructuring of the division of roles and tasks, including those of public administration. This can be supported by facilitating joint reflexivity among development actors and giving room for collaborative leadership and operational flexibility within policy arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-429
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • industry-government relations
  • regional-development
  • learning region
  • triple-helix
  • innovation
  • leader
  • policy
  • place
  • space
  • participation

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