This book examines the multiple ways in which rural regions in Europe are being restructured through globalization and the regional development responses that they have adopted. It provides an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for rural regions arising from the major economic, social, political and cultural changes associated with globalization, including trade liberalization and economic deregulation, increased international migration, and the rise of global consciousness about environmental issues. Drawing on examples and findings from a major European research project, DERREG, the book presents detailed case studies of ten regions in different parts of Europe, exploring the factors that lead to different experiences of globalization in each of the regions, and highlighting examples of good practice in regional development responses. The book concludes by proposing a typology of regional responses to globalization and considering the policy implications of the research findings. As such, ’Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions’ is important reading for geographers, sociologists, planners and economists interested in understanding the impact of globalization in rural regions, and for rural development professionals seeking to mobilize effective responses.
’This edited collection takes a relational perspective on globalisation and Europe's rural regions, showing through case studies from nine countries how globalisation is reproduced at the local scale. These are bracketed by an authoritative introduction and conclusion. This book will be helpful to anyone wishing to understand how rural regions are changing in a globalised world, and what scope remains for agency and reflexivity on the part of rural residents.’ Mark Shucksmith OBE, Newcastle University, UK ’If you are interested in the complex realities of globalisation in rural Europe, this is the volume for you. Through ten case studies, well-respected European scholars provide a thought-provoking and critical debate about what globalisation means in theory and practice for Europe’s rural regions.’ Sally Shortall, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland ’Focusing on globalisation and European regions, this book introduces readers to some of the challenges faced by rural societies in contemporary Europe through a comprehensive overview of the foremost forces reshaping rural economies and communities. It provides an important contribution to the debate about future rural development and as such will be essential reading for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, researchers, professionals and policy makers.’ Imre KovÃ¡ch, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, CSS, Institute of Sociology and University of Debrecen, Hungary