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The Italian Network for Rural Development: Challenges and Weaknesses


  • Catia Zumpano


This paper offers an empirical analysis of the Network in EC rural development policies. Taking into account some of the elements of a network system, like accreditation of the framework, the competences involved and management flexibility, we focus on the experience of the Italian Rural Network, established in 2008 by the Italian Ministero delle politiche agricole, alimentari e forestali in order to follow with closer attention application of the interventions in the agricultural sector. Outlining its purposes, its organizational structure and the activities realized, we have endeavoured to highlight the opportunities as well as the constraints that currently characterise its implementation. Our thesis is that the Network, if well managed, can represent an apt tool to face the challenges of the national rural and agricultural development policy, playing a strategic role especially over the long term, with a view to the new Reform.

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  • Catia Zumpano, 2009. "The Italian Network for Rural Development: Challenges and Weaknesses," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 4, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0125

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    1. Fabrizio De Filippis & Daniela Storti, 2002. "Le politiche di sviluppo rurale nellĀ“unione europea: un secondo pilastro tutto da inventare," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0025, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
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    Network; European rural development policy; Governance; Positive analysis of policy-making and implementation; Development planning and policy; Economic sociology and Economic anthropology;

    JEL classification:

    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • O29 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Other
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • O29 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Other
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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