Bringing together case studies from Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal and the UK, this book examines the contribution of entrepreneurial ventures and new technology in stimulating economic development in rural locations. It looks at instances of 'good practice' in terms of both public and private initiatives, and develops a coherent combination of policy objectives facilitating the long-term economic development of the countryside. Firstly analyzing the key causes and effects of economic restructuring currently affecting Europe's rural areas, the book then explores the consequences that European integration and 'globalization' have had and will have in future. It identifies sources of entrepreneurship and examines their distribution between different gender, age and other social groupings. The book continues to evaluate the extent to which the existing institutional, social and technological environment and infrastructure encourages and facilitates entrepreneurship.
Contents: Introduction, Lois Labrianidis. Rurality and Peripherality: The State of the Art: Understanding peripheral rural areas as contexts for economic development, João Ferrão and Raul Lopes; Entrepreneurial behaviour in rural contexts, Christos Kalantaridis; European rural SMEs in the context of globalization and enlargement, Klaus Herdzina, Andreas Findeis, Stephanie Fleischmann, Carsten Wander; Bogdan Piasecki and Anna Rogut; Technology, peripherality and rurality, Lois Labrianidis, Thanassis Kalogeressis, Artemis Kourtessis and Sofia Skordili; Policies to foster enterprise in rural peripheral areas, David North and David Smallbone. Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas in Europe: Sources of entrepreneurial supply and embeddedness in rural Cumbria, Christos Kalantaridis and Zografia Bika; Entrepreneurship in Devon and Cornwall: policy perspectives, David Smallbone and David North; Entrepreneurship in rural Germany: Waldshut and Nordwestmecklenburg, Klaus Herdzina, Andreas Findeis, Stephanie Fleischmann and Carsten Wander; Entrepreneurship in rural Greece: Kilkis and Lesvos, Lois Labrianidis, Sofia Skordili and Thanassis Kalogeressis; Entrepreneurship and innovation in two contrasting Portugeuse rural areas, João Ferrão, Fátima Ferreiro and Raul Lopes; Poland: the Zary and Bialystok regions, Bogdan Piasecki and Anna Rogut; Entrepreneurship, enterprise and policy: towards a synthesis, Lois Labrianidis; Index.