Regions engaging globalization: a typology of regional responses in rural Europe

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impact of globalization processes on regional economies, societies and
environments. Accordingly, globalization is producing not a homogenized global
rural space, but rather a reconfigured but spatially differentiated 'global
countryside' in which rural regions as still distinct from each other, but they are
also different to how they were before. Reporting on the EU-funded project
'Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization', this paper will
draw together findings from empirical research across ten case study regions in
rural Europe to develop a comparative conceptual understanding of the factors
shaping the differential engagement of regions with globalization, both in terms of the impact of globalization processes and the response of regions to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization. From this analysis a typology of regional responses to globalization is presented which aims to inform understanding of how models of regional development may operate differently in different regions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Rural and Community Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • globalization
  • regional development
  • Europe
  • local agency
  • typology


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