1607: Future Rural Development

This paper is taken from ‘Future Directions in Rural Development’, By Professor Mark Shucksmith for the Carnegie UK Trust

Year of Publication2012

There is a clear risk that if the state passes power and responsibility to local communities without the necessary resources or support, some will rise to the challenge but many will not. Some rural communities have the skills, assets, networks and institutional capacity to compete strongly. Meanwhile, rural communities who have not yet developed these capacities and networks and lack support, may become impoverished, losing services and infrastructure, and become less able to contribute to rebalancing and renewing the national economy.

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