Towards the Characterization of Actors Engaged in Rural Development Processes in the North West of Europe

H.A. Oostindië, R.E. van Broekhuizen, B. Soldaat, J.D. van der Ploeg

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Rural development is, above all, constructed by actors operating at grass-root level. These actors are increasingly facilitated by specific policy programmes, but these programmes often follow the initiatives and practices already developed by the grass-root actors themselves. Policies follow, they do not trigger nor drive. This chapter is a second-level analysis of available European and national research material and focuses on the role of agricultural actors as crucial co-constitutors of RD processes. Some distinctive elements and characteristics of RD-practitioners are identified, described and discussed. Taken together these characteristics underscore that RD-actors may reflect distinctive features. It is finally argued that RD-actors will develop especially distinctive personal attributes through iterative learning by doing processes and unfolding agency. Both are thought to be key components of the resilience of RD-actors to withstand adverse conditions and to grasp new opportunities for alternative, more promising agricultural pathways.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing a new Framework for Rural Development
EditorsP. Milone, F. Ventura, Y. Jingzhong
Place of PublicationBingley, United Kingdom
PublisherEmerald Groep
ISBN (Print)9781784416225
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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