Social Capital and Local Development: From Theory to Empirics (Hardcover)

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Social Capital and Local Development: From Theory to Empirics (Hardcover)

By Elena Pisani (Editor), Giorgio Franceschetti (Editor), Laura Secco (Editor)


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This book addresses the role of social capital in promoting rural and local development. The recent financial and economic crises have exposed the European Union (EU) to an increased risk of social exclusion and poverty, which are now at the heart of its economic, employment and social agenda with explicit reference to rural and marginal areas (Europe 2020). The authors' work from the notion that rural development is not imposed from the 'outside', but depends also on endogenous factors, namely local cultural and ecological amenities, eco-system services, and economic links with urban areas which expand rural opportunities for innovation, competitiveness, employment and sustainable development.

Social capital is of paramount importance because it helps build networks and trusting relations among local stakeholders in the public and private spheres, and supporting the enhancement of governance of natural resources in rural areas
Elena Pisani is Assistant Professor of Principles of Economics, Project Planning and Evaluation for Local and Sustainable Development at the University of Padova, Italy.Laura Secco is Associate Professor in Forest Policy and Governance and in Environmental and Social Responsibility in Local Development Processes at the University of Padova, Italy. Giorgio Franceschetti is Emeritus Professor of Economics, Rural Planning and Development Cooperation at the University of Padova, Italy. Asimina Christoforou is Adjunct Professor of International and European Economic Studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.
Product Details ISBN: 9783319542768
ISBN-10: 3319542761
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: November 10th, 2017
Pages: 516
Language: English