Social Inclusion or Market Competitiveness? A Comparison of Rural Development Policies in the European Union and the United States

Sally Shortall, M.E. Warner

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Abstract

The language of EU rural development policy appears more interested in social inclusion and that of US policy more interested in market competitiveness. We seek to determine why policies directed at rural development in the EU and the USA differ. In both contexts new rural development policies emphasize partnership and participation but we find local participation is used to promote social inclusion in the EU and market competitiveness in the USA. An examination of these dimensions illustrates important transcontinental differences and similarities in rural development policies. We explore the socio-historical reasons for differences in the commitment to social inclusion, while also noting similarities in the priority of market competitiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-597
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Volume44
Issue number5
Early online date12 Sep 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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