European shrinking rural areas: Key messages for a refreshed long-term vision

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Copus, Andrew
Kahila, Petri
Dax, Thomas
Kovács, Katalin
Tagai, Gergely
Weber, Ryan
Grunfelder, Julien
Meredith, David
Ortega-Reig, Mar
Piras, Simone
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The paper begins with a discussion of the concept of “shrinking”, and its origins, outside the realm of rural development. Building on this, the paper shows the distribution of shrinking rural areas across Europe. Using both the project’s literature review and findings from its eight case studies the socio-economic processes which drive demographic decline in rural areas are then described. A brief account of the evolution of EU interventions to alleviate the effects of shrinking, and some remarks about the current policy/governance landscape follow. We conclude by considering how a better understanding of the problem and process of shrinking may lead to more effective interventions, within the context of a refreshed long-term vision for Rural Europe. The latter needs to fully acknowledge the expanding repertoire of opportunities confronting rural areas as COVID-19 changes in working behaviour, and the geography of economic activity, accelerate, and fulfil, previously incremental shifts in technology and markets.
vidéki térségek , vidéki térségek - Európa , népességcsökkenés - Európa , demográfiai trendek - Európa
Terra: Revista De Desarollo Local 2021:(8) pp. 280-309. (2021)