Differences in economic development in rural regions of advanced countries: an overview and critical analysis of theories

I.J. Terluin

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    Abstract

    This article provides an overview and critical analysis of theories on economic development in rural regions in advanced countries. For this purpose, we have consulted literature in regional economics and the multidisciplinary field of rural studies. In order to analyse to which extent these theories are supported by empirical evidence, we have applied the method of pattern-matching to 18 case studies in leading and lagging rural regions in the EU. The matching results show that the mixed exogenous/endogenous development approach, the community-led development theory and the first hypothesis of Bryden's theory on the exploitation of social and cultural capital are widely supported by empirical evidence from the case studies. Broadly speaking, these theories relate economic development¿¿given the availability of labour and capital¿¿to a high capacity of local actors and strong internal and external networks
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)327-344
    JournalJournal of Rural Studies
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • transport costs

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