EU industrial policy and competitiveness in rural SMEs

Bosworth, Gary and Dana, Leo-Paul and McElwee, Gerard (2011) EU industrial policy and competitiveness in rural SMEs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 14 (3). pp. 391-405. ISSN 1476-1297

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The objective of this paper is to consider the impact of EU industrial policy for rural and peripheral areas. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) had dominated the rural policy agenda at the expense of other forms of industrial development policy. Rural areas are no longer dominated by agricultural employment and productivist farming, but they are a mosaic of economic activity that increasingly mirrors more urban areas. We therefore hypothesise that the EU policy framework reinforces certain economic disadvantages for rural locations at a time when the changing composition of rural economies offers the potential for new dynamics in local development.

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Additional Information:The objective of this paper is to consider the impact of EU industrial policy for rural and peripheral areas. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) had dominated the rural policy agenda at the expense of other forms of industrial development policy. Rural areas are no longer dominated by agricultural employment and productivist farming, but they are a mosaic of economic activity that increasingly mirrors more urban areas. We therefore hypothesise that the EU policy framework reinforces certain economic disadvantages for rural locations at a time when the changing composition of rural economies offers the potential for new dynamics in local development.
Keywords:rural entrepreneurship, rural SMEs, EU rural policy, Symbiotic Entrepreneurship
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N110 European Business studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:4774
Deposited By: Gary Bosworth
Deposited On:10 Nov 2011 17:58
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:03

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