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Civic Community Approaches To Rural Development In The South: Economic Growth With Prosperity


  • Robinson, Kenneth L.
  • Lyson, Thomas A.
  • Christy, Ralph D.


The free market-based policies of the corporate community model have skewed economic development across the South. For many small, rural communities, the consequences of global capitalism have resulted in declining real wages, high underemployment, and increasing rates of income inequality. Backed by recent scholarship and grassroots movements that suggest both civic engagement and the presence of smaller-scale, locally controlled enerprises can help determine whether communities prosper or decline, this paper explores the links between social structure and rural development in the South. The goal is to expand our understanding of civic community theory as an alternative to the neoclassical economic model of development. Using a local problem-solving framework, we suggest that a departure from the traditional, neoclassical path of development is in order. We conclude that rural policy makers must establish a role for civic community in the rural development process if they wish to protect the welfare of workers and communities, while increasing the prospects of economic growth with prosperity.

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  • Robinson, Kenneth L. & Lyson, Thomas A. & Christy, Ralph D., 2002. "Civic Community Approaches To Rural Development In The South: Economic Growth With Prosperity," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 34(02), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:15468

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    1. Allan Schmid, A. & Robison, Lindon J., 1995. "Applications of Social Capital Theory," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 27(01), pages 59-66, July.
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    1. Oehmke, James F. & Tsukamoto, Satoshi & Post, Lori A., 2007. "Can Health Care Services Attract Retirees And Contribute to the Economic Sustainability of Rural Places?," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 36(1), April.

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    civic community; economic growth; rural development; social capital; Southern United States; Community/Rural/Urban Development; R11; O21; R58;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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