[ Summary ]
Improving social competitiveness
How can we devise a strategy for improving social competitiveness
based on the situation of the rural area and the issues at stake?
This is a question we attempt to answer in this chapter.
In general, economic development approaches fail to treat the
social dimension as a key element of competitiveness. All too
often, social issues are still considered as a separate matter to
be addressed by special measures or as the responsibility of
social workers and/or social and cultural coordination.
By contrast, the “territorial project” approach aims to integrate
improved social competitiveness into the territorial level.
Efforts have been made by LEADER areas, in particular to ensure
that the economic strategy is better integrated with the
development of new social know-how, skills in managing citizen