This book addresses the role of social capital in promoting rural and local development. The recent financial and economic crises have exposed the European Union (EU) to an increased risk of social exclusion and poverty, which are now at the heart of its economic, employment and social agenda with explicit reference to rural and marginal areas (Europe 2020). The authors' work from the notion that rural development is not imposed from the 'outside', but depends also on endogenous factors, namely local cultural and ecological amenities, eco-system services, and economic links with urban areas which expand rural opportunities for innovation, competitiveness, employment and sustainable development.
Social capital is of paramount importance because it helps build networks and trusting relations among local stakeholders in the public and private spheres, and supporting the enhancement of governance of natural resources in rural areas
Elena Pisani is Assistant Professor of Principles of Economics, Project Planning and Evaluation for Local and Sustainable Development at the University of Padova, Italy.
Laura Secco is Associate Professor in Forest Policy and Governance and in Environmental and Social Responsibility in Local Development Processes at the University of Padova, Italy.
Giorgio Franceschetti is Emeritus Professor of Economics, Rural Planning and Development Cooperation at the University of Padova, Italy.
Asimina Christoforou is Adjunct Professor of International and European Economic Studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.
Social capital and local development in European rural areas: a conceptual framework
1 Introduction: motivation, aim and contributions
Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou, Laura Secco and Giorgio Franceschetti
2 Social capital: intuition, precept, concept and theory
3 Social capital and local development in European rural areas: theory and empirics
4 Social capital and rural development in Europe: a geographical perspective
5 Social capital, network governance and social innovation: towards a new paradigm?
Laura Secco and Catie Burlando
A methodological approach to the evaluation of the LEADER initiative
6 Evaluation of social capital in LEADER: what's in and what's out?
Elena Pisani and Asimina Christoforou
7 Evaluation of social capital in LEADER: from theory to practice
8 Social capital and the LEADER Approach: a statistical method for the evaluation of Local Action Groups
Riccardo Da Re, Maria Castiglioni and Catie Burlando
9 Indicators proposed for the evaluation of social capital in Local Action Groups
Elena Pisani, Riccardo Da Re, Maria Castiglioni and Giorgio Franceschetti
Part III LEADER and social capital: a comparative analysis and discussion
10 Practicing social capital in local development: how the method applies to real world cases
Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou, Catie Burlando, Riccardo Da Re and Giorgio Franceschetti
11 Evaluation of structural and normative-cognitive social capital and related governance aspects at different levels of aggregation across regions and LAGs
Catie Burlando, Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou and Riccardo Da Re
12 Regional comparisons: a discussion on social capital and local development
Asimina Christoforou, Elena Pisani and Catie Burlando
Part IV LEADER and social capital: regional case studies
13 LEADER and social capital in Veneto: the case studies of Prealpi e Dolomiti and Bassa Padovana Local Action Groups
Riccardo Da Re, Giorgio Franceschetti and Elena Pisani
14 LEADER and social capital in Umbria: the case studies of Valle Umbra e Sibillini and Ternano Local Action Groups
Bianca Maria Torquati and Giulia Giacchè
15 LEADER and social capital in Apulia: the case studies of Gargano and Meridaunia Local Action Groups
Antonio Lopolito and Roberta Sisto
16 LEADER and social capital in Basilicata: the case studies of COSVEL and Basento Camastra Local Action Groups
17 LEADER and social capital in Sardinia: the case studies of the Sulcis Iglesiente Capoterra e Campidano di Cagliari Local Action Group
Raffaella Di Napoli and Fabio Muscas
Part V Conclusions and policy recommendations
18 Innovative elements of the proposed evaluation method and indications for improving monitoring and evaluation activities in rural development policy
Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou, Laura Secco and Catie Burlando
19 What future for LEADER as a catalyst of social innovation
Laura Secco, Elena Pisani, Catie Burlando and Asimina Christoforou