Walter F. Kuentzel, Comparing Rural Development Strategies in Four Irish Communities, 1930-2005, Studies in Public Policy, 24, 2008, pp 1-168
Studies in Public Policy;24
Comparing Rural Development Sstrategies in Four Irish Communities, 1930-2005, explores rural explores rural change as a process of adaption. The study asks four orienting policy questions about rural change in Ireland. First, are some rural development strategies better than others for facilitating 'vibrant sustainable communities'? Second, can service-sector industries such as tourism effectively help rural communities diversify local economies that have traditionally relied on primary industries such as agriculture or mining? Third, what is the role of the state in helping rural communities weather the uncertainties of a rapidly globalising economy? Finally, how can rural Irish communities leverage local initiative with a strong system of state support to create sustainable local economies and strong community identities?
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