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The Routledge handbook of comparative rural policy

Edited by: Matteo Vittuari , John Devlin , Marco Pagani , Thomas G. Johnson

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138594111
eBook ISBN: 9780429489075
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This volume represents the result of almost two decades of trans-Atlantic collaborative development of a policy research paradigm, the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies program. Over this period dozens of scientists from different disciplines but with a common interest in rural issues and policy have collaboratively studied the policies in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world.

A core element of the book is the idea and practice of comparative research and analysis ? what can be learned from comparisons, how and why policies vary in different contexts, and what lessons might or might not be ?transferable? across borders. It provides skills for the use of comparative methods as important tools to analyze the functioning of strategies and specific policy interventions in different contexts and a holistic approach for the management of resources in rural regions. It promotes innovation as a tool to valorize endogenous resources and empower local communities and offers case studies of rural policy in specific contexts. The book largely adopts a territorial approach to rural policy. This means the book is more interested in rural regions, their people and economies, and in the policies that affect them, than in rural sectors, and sectoral policies per se.

The audience of the book is by definition international and includes students attending courses in agricultural and rural policy, rural and regional studies, and natural resource management; lecturers seeking course material and case studies to present to their students in any of the courses listed above; professionals working in the field of rural policy; policy-makers and civil servants at different levels seeking tools to better understand rural policy both at the local and global scale and to better recognize and comprehend how to transfer best practices.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  What is rural? What is rural policy? What is rural development policy? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Comparing ruralities Download PDF
Chapter  3:  What is rural? Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A comparative rural profile across OECD member countries Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Why comparative rural policy studies? Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Policy process theory for rural policy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Policy outcomes of decentralized public programs Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Co-constructing rural futures Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Territorial capital in rural policy development Download PDF
Chapter  10:  International migration Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Rural immigration and welcoming communities Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The role of women in rural areas Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Rural poverty in a comparative context Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Understanding the dimensions of aging and old age in rural areas Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Rural health and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Rural policy and the cultural construction of the urban/rural divide in the United States and Europe Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Environmental policy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The inefficiency of resource policy as a mechanism to deliver rural policy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The water–energy–food–climate nexus Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Governance of watersheds in rural areas Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Rethinking energy in agricultural and rural areas Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Conventional and alternative agri-food chains Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Building sustainable regional food systems Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Drivers of food losses and their implications for the agro-food chain Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Fish as food Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Public policies affecting community forest management Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Social economy and entrepreneurship in rural areas Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Grounded innovation in the rural bioeconomy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Innovation, broadband, and community resilience Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Climate change adaptation by farmers Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Rural policy in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Rural policy in Canada Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Rural policy in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Rural policy in the Western Balkans Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Peri-urban agricultural policies in Canada and France Download PDF
Chapter  36:  A non-profit as a policy actor? Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Post-Soviet rural areas towards European integration Download PDF
Chapter  38:  “Why local governments?” Download PDF
Chapter  39:  A comparative case study of the Main Street Program in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Community-managed forestry in Palo Seco, Mexico Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Land ownership and land management policies in Norway and Scotland Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Local policies addressing poverty and social exclusion in rural Spain during the recession Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Integral mountain development in Spain Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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