Reference : Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Human geography & demography
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Regional & inter-regional studies
Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas
Wellbrock, Wiebke [Wageningen University > Rural Sociology Group]
Roep, Dirk [Wageningen University > Rural Sociology Group]
Mahon, Marie [National University of Ireland Galway > School of Geography and Archaelogy]
Kairyte, Emilija [Institute Nevork]
Nienaber, Birte mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Dominguez Garcia, Maria Dolores [University of Vigo > GIEEA]
Kriszan, Michael [Fachhochschule Südwestfalen]
Farrell, Maura [National University of Ireland Galway > School of Geography and Archaeology]
Journal of Rural Studies
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
[en] Collective agency ; institutional arrangements ; operational interfaces
[en] Raising collective agency is key to successful place-based development approaches. Existing policy arrangements
have, however, been criticised, suggesting a need to effectuate more collaborative modes of
governance. This paper shall contribute to a better understanding of how public support can best be
arranged to raise collective agency for a more collaborative mode of governance in rural areas. The paper
elaborates on findings of empirical investigations conducted within the EU FP7 project DERREG. It will be
shown that differences in effectuating more collaborative modes of governance can partly be ascribed to
different political dynamics, economic and demographic situations as well as the presence of a shared
sense of place. To raise collective agency effectively requires a joint reconsideration and restructuring of
the division of roles and tasks, including those of public administration. This can be supported by
facilitating joint reflexivity among development actors and giving room for collaborative leadership and
operational flexibility within policy arrangements
FP7 ; 225204 - DERREG - Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization: An Interpretative Model for Better Anticipating and Responding to Challenges for Regional Development in an Evolving International Context

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