Rural Social Innovation and Neo-endogenous Rural Development

Gary Bosworth*, Liz Price, Ville Hakulinen, Susan Marango

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Social innovation is an increasingly prominent agent of change in rural communities. Community groups are filling voids in rural service provision, energising nature and heritage conservation projects and supporting a range of cultural and social activities. With no sign of neo-liberalism waning, this paper explores mechanisms that can provide effective support for social innovation, with a particular focus on the EU’s LEADER approach. Drawing parallels between social innovation and neo-endogenous development, the chapter concludes that a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches is required, and the most effective outcomes arise where local groups become more empowered to make decisions within a supportive, but not over-bureaucratic, framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Geography
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer Geography
ISSN (Print)2194-315X
ISSN (Electronic)2194-3168


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