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The Future of Rural Policy

From Sectoral to Place-Based Policies in Rural Areas

The Future of Rural Policy by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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In the past two decades, rural policy has undergone significant developments. According to the principal conclusions of the international conference, The Future of Rural Policy, the major shift necessary to guarantee the future vitality of rural regions is the diversification of their economies. This conference, held in Siena, Italy, on 10-13 July 2002, identified the need for rural policies to go beyond agriculture and offer new trajectories of development for rural areas. The end result is a new approach to rural areas that recognises the importance of the interdependence between rural and urban areas, mobilises investment (rather than distributing subsidies) and expands the definition of countryside. This new approach should also emphasise governance structures that encourage bottom-up initiatives as well as stress the ability of local actors to identify problems, formulate strategies and be full partners in policy implementation. The conference papers compiled here illustrate these critical issues as they are being confronted by rural policy makers across the OECD.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
251 pages; ISBN 9789264100848
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Title: The Future of Rural Policy
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development