Local Action Groups are essential for the implementation of the European LEADER program by supporting integrated territorial development strategies of a pilot nature, based on a bottom-up approach. . In the paper, we have discussed what partnership-building might mean in the context of LEADER, and we have attempted to relate this to theories of social capital. We have argued that the capacity to act collectively, drawing on resources of knowledge which link both public and private entities, is vital to rural development in a region. Based on the evidence of the findings in this study adopting a statistical approach, the LEADER program, through the Local Action Group, is proposed as an efficient model of governance useful in promoting local development, focusing on the formation of social capital, and strengthening relations and partnership synergy. The conclusions highlight the role played by LAGs in generating a collaborative network and social capital, contributing to the achievement of the objectives of rural development.

LOCAL ACTION GROUPs, SOCIAL CAPITAL AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

TAFURO, ALESSANDRA
2012-01-01

Abstract

Local Action Groups are essential for the implementation of the European LEADER program by supporting integrated territorial development strategies of a pilot nature, based on a bottom-up approach. . In the paper, we have discussed what partnership-building might mean in the context of LEADER, and we have attempted to relate this to theories of social capital. We have argued that the capacity to act collectively, drawing on resources of knowledge which link both public and private entities, is vital to rural development in a region. Based on the evidence of the findings in this study adopting a statistical approach, the LEADER program, through the Local Action Group, is proposed as an efficient model of governance useful in promoting local development, focusing on the formation of social capital, and strengthening relations and partnership synergy. The conclusions highlight the role played by LAGs in generating a collaborative network and social capital, contributing to the achievement of the objectives of rural development.
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