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Territorial Heterogeneity and Institutional Structures in Shaping Rural Development Policies in Europe


  • Roberto ESPOSTI

    () (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)

  • Franco SOTTE

    () (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)


The paper proposes an evolutionary reading of rural development referred to cases of rapid industrial growth, where a strong concentration process has involved the main urban centres and the successful industrial districts. This territorial development pattern has gradually extinguished rural society and its institutional basis, creating a clear separation between new central and peripheral areas. The consequent effects on local economy and social dynamics reveal the long-term risks raised in terms of development sustainability. An empirical study of two Italian provinces is also carried out to show how this framework can be helpful in interpreting real historical patterns.

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  • Roberto ESPOSTI & Franco SOTTE, 1999. "Territorial Heterogeneity and Institutional Structures in Shaping Rural Development Policies in Europe," Working Papers 114, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  • Handle: RePEc:anc:wpaper:114

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    1. Ugo Fratesi, 2003. "Innovation Diffusion and the Evolution of Regional Disparities," ERSA conference papers ersa03p327, European Regional Science Association.

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    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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