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Social competitiveness

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Chapter 3:
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 participation, etc.

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