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Social competitiveness
Creating a territorial development strategy
in the light of the LEADER experience

“Rural Innovation”
Dossier n° 6 - Part 2
LEADER European Observatory
June 2000


Territorial approach to rural development

Chapter 1: Social competitiveness in the territorial approach

  • 1.1 Diverse situations in terms of social competitiveness
  • 1.2 (Re)building the social competitiveness of rural areas
  • 1.3 Lessons learned from LEADER
  • 1.4 Finding room for manoeuvre for social competitiveness

Chapter 2: Analysing an area’s social competitiveness

  • 2.1 Human resources
  • 2.2 The area’s culture and identity
  • 2.3 Governance and institutions
  • 2.4 Implicit/explicit know-how and skills

Chapter 3: Improving social competitiveness

  • 3.1 Creating a collective dynamic around social competitiveness
  • 3.2 Advice regarding methodology
  • 3.3 Examples of strategies for improving social competitiveness



This part was drafted jointly by Gilda Farrell
(Deputy Director of the European LEADER
Observatory) and Samuel Thirion (INDE, Portugal),
with the collaboration of Martine François
(GRET/Group de Recherche et d’Echanges
Technologiques, France).
It is the product of discussions by the
European LEADER Observatory’s Innovation
Working Group, coordinated by Gilda Farrell
and comprised of Evelyne Durieux (European
LEADER Observatory), Martine François (GRET,
France), Robert Luckesch (ÖAR, Austria),
Elena Saraceno (CRES, Italy), Paul Soto
(Iniciativas Económicas, Spain) and Samuel
Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
Yves Champetier and Jean-Luc Janot (European
LEADER Observatory) helped to finalise the
document. Production coordination:
Christine Charlier.

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