Green services and state aid requirements: new urban-rural relationships considered in institutional and sense-making perspective

P.J. Zwaan, H.J.M. Goverde

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Abstract

Over the recent years there has been a growing interest in the Netherlands for establishing new public private partnerships in the field of rural development. Under the label of `green services¿, farmers are financially rewarded by both public and private bodies for their nature and landscape activities, especially near the urban area. Despite a general positive stance of urban and rural actors involved in these projects, it has cost considerable efforts for these projects to take off, in particular due to the EU state aid regime. Though, rather then to describe these formal rules as somewhat exogenous and autonomous forces that caused this difficulty we demonstrate how these state aid requirements are brought to life in the multi-level EU context, in which different actors need to interact. By drawing upon a sociological institutional and a sensemaking perspective we describe and explain how a deadlock may come into existence as well as how agents (inter)acted in order to find a feasible social practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-28
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventXXXII Congres European Society for Rural Sociology -
Duration: 20 Aug 200724 Aug 2007

Conference

ConferenceXXXII Congres European Society for Rural Sociology
Period20/08/0724/08/07

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