Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions
McDonagh, John (EDT)
256 p. 23 cm
This book examines the multiple ways in which rural regions in Europe are being restructured through globalization and the regional development responses that they have adopted. It provides an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for rural regions arising from the major economic, social, political and cultural changes associated with globalization, including trade liberalization and economic deregulation, increased international migration, and the rise of global consciousness about environmental issues. Drawing on examples and findings from a major European research project, DERREG, the book presents detailed case studies of ten regions in different parts of Europe, exploring the factors that lead to different experiences of globalization in each of the regions, and highlighting examples of good practice in regional development responses. The book concludes by proposing a typology of regional responses to globalization and considering the policy implications of the research findings. As such, 'Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions' is important reading for geographers, sociologists, planners and economists interested in understanding the impact of globalization in rural regions, and for rural development professionals seeking to mobilize effective responses.
Table of Contents
Contents: Globalization and Europe's rural regions - challenge and opportunity; A spatial perspective on small firm networking from a rural periphery - the case of Swedish Norrland; Raising self-efficacy and resilience in the Westerkwartier: the spin-off from collaborative leadership; Managing development with civil society in a globalizing rural; Local cultures of the Ceredigion economy: practices of endogenous development in rural Mid Wales; Constituting connections and rural revitalization in 'The Comarca de VerA-n', Galicia (Spain); Greater globalization challenges - lesser rural responses: the case of Alytus County, Lithuania; Transformation of rural Slovenia: the Pomurje region in search of new development paths; Towards a sustainable regional economy? The Oberlausitz region in transformation; The rural regions of the old-industrialized Saarland - between globalization and regionalization; Globalization and sustainable development in South Moravia; Globalization processes and the restructuring of Europe's rural regions