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RESTRIM
Restructuring in marginal rural areas - The role of social capital in rural development

New patterns of diversity and differentiation are emerging within rural areas and peripheral, marginal regions, and localities have uneven capacities with which to face this uncertain future. The purpose of this research is to enquire into those characteristics of marginal rural communities that build their capacity to diversify their economies, and to maintain their competitiveness and social cohesion in this context. Specifically, the research will explore those dimensions of a community's 'social capital', which have been identified in theoretical accounts as underlying successful performance, competitiveness and cohesion. This project, to be carried out in six countries, will provide information for European Union policies. The results will indicate how policy intervention can help build social capital and so assist in promoting endogenous rural development and the future competitiveness and cohesion of marginal rural areas.

Objectives
The central purpose of the research is to enquire into those characteristics of marginal rural communities which afford them a capacity to diversify their economic activities, and miantain their competitiveness and social cohesion in an uncertain future.
To explore social capital in the roles of the division of labour, local cultures, institutional structures, and concentration of power.
To understand which factors underlie variations in capacity and performance.
How policy intervention can help generate forms of social capital.
To assess whether indicators of social capital can be developed.

Classified in CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Scientist responsible for the project

Mr MARK SHUCKSMITH
St Mary's, King's College
AB24 3UF Aberdeen
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: +44 1224 273901
Fax: +44 1224 273902
E-mail: m.shucksmith@abdn.ac.uk

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-30819
Organisation University of Aberdeen, Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research
Area 5.5
Start date 01 February 2001
Duration (months) 34
Total cost 1 159 680 €
Total EC contribution   1 159 680 €
Status Ongoing

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