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Delivering Integrated Rural Development: Insights from Northern Ireland


  • Mark Scott


This article explores progress being made in the sphere of integrated rural development in Northern Ireland, based on the experiences of 15 LEADER II local action groups. Research suggests that the local action groups experienced difficulties in developing integrative and multi-dimensional approaches to rural development during the initial stages of strategy formulation. In addition there appears to have been an emphasis on delivering the products of rural development with little importance attached to supporting processes such as capacity building and animation. However, as the programme progressed, this article examines the potential added value of LEADER II in Northern Ireland as demonstrated by the enhanced scope for cross-sector dialogue and local collaboration rooted in partnership based activity.

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  • Mark Scott, 2002. "Delivering Integrated Rural Development: Insights from Northern Ireland," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(8), pages 1013-1025, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:10:y:2002:i:8:p:1013-1025
    DOI: 10.1080/0965431022000031284

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    3. Panyik, Emese & Costa, Carlos & Rátz, Tamara, 2011. "Implementing integrated rural tourism: An event-based approach," Tourism Management, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1352-1363.
    4. Carmen Hubbard & Matthew Gorton, 2011. "Placing Agriculture within Rural Development: Evidence from EU Case Studies," Environment and Planning C, , vol. 29(1), pages 80-95, February.
    5. Bryła, Paweł, 2009. "Determinanty Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości Na Obszarach Wiejskich Ze Szczególnym Uwzględnieniem Doświadczeń Wynikających Z Implementacji Programu Sapard," Village and Agriculture (Wieś i Rolnictwo), Polish Academy of Sciences (IRWiR PAN), Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, vol. 2(143).

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