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[ Summary ]
Although it encompasses the ideas of cohesion and social integration, social competitiveness is a much broader concept that requires an area’s players to introduce and jointly manage change and to meet the challenges currently facing the rural world, by building links between people, sectors and institutions on the basis of concrete strategies and initiatives.
Collective action is not a utopian dream. It is a matter of urgency for rural areas suffering from problems of depopulation, competition, restructuring, scant political interest in the regional and national scenarios, local conflict, etc.
Social competitiveness opens up opportunities for consultation and allows the emergence of collective players expressing new interests. It makes it possible to harness the energies required for any development strategy, especially during periods of great change. It also encourages civic responses to the challenges facing the rural world today.