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Harnessing Communities, Markets and the State for Public Goods Provision: Evidence from Post-Socialist Rural Poland

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  • Petrick, Martin
  • Gramzow, Andreas

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Analyzing four case studies on rural Poland during 1990–2005, this study shows how partnerships of local governments and civil society organizations provided public goods that boosted local economic development. By taking a comparative institutional economics perspective, we demonstrate how the partnerships successfully combined the governance mechanisms of state, market, and community. We find a striking similarity across the cases concerning the assignment of functions in public goods provision to certain governance mechanisms. Communities played a mediating role in the transition process toward a new configuration of rural governance.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 40 (2012)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 2342-2354

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:40:y:2012:i:11:p:2342-2354

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Keywords: local partnerships; rural development; local public goods; Eastern Europe; Poland;

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  1. Hahn, Rüdiger & Gold, Stefan, 2014. "Resources and governance in “base of the pyramid”-partnerships: Assessing collaborations between businesses and non-business actors," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(7), pages 1321-1333.

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