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Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2017

Introduction: Motivation, Aim and Contributions

Elena Pisani; Asimina Christoforou; Laura Secco; Giorgio Franceschetti;
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Published: 01 Jan 2017
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Country: Italy

The chapter offers an introduction to the relationship between social capital and local development processes in European rural areas. Focusing on the EU LEADER initiative, the chapter draws attention to how social factors of each territory influence socio-economic variables, thus explaining heterogeneity in socio-economic outcomes. The chapter highlights that despite the pressing social needs arising from the recent economic and financial crises, EU funding and decision-making bodies have not explicitly addressed and assessed the role of social dynamics and specifically of social capital, which still remain a black box.

Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Political science Social dynamics Rural area Social needs Local Development Social capital Black box (phreaking) Political economy Social psychology


Rural development; LEADER approach; Europe; Governance; Economic performance; Social innovation;

Funded by
Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 677622
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
Related to Research communities
SDSN - Greece Sustainable Development Projects : Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas