Analysis of rural development policy networks in Greece: Is LEADER really different?

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Author(s)Papadopoulou E, Hasanagas N, Harvey D
Publication type Article
JournalLand Use Policy
ISSN (print)0264-8377
ISSN (electronic)1873-5754
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This paper presents an application of quantitative network analysis. It examines rural developmentprojects with respect to their structural and politico-administrative dimensions, including powerrelations, conflicts, multifunctionality and intersectorality. The network structures and relations of comparableIPRD and LEADER projects are analyzed. The LEADER project network is shown to be lesshierarchical than the IPRD project network, although the LEADER network is not characterized by significantlysimpler procedures or clearer policy content than the IPRD network. Information and contact aresignificantly greater, and conflict density is significantly lower in the LEADER network. Administrativeintersectorality is higher in the IPRD project, while the multidisciplinarity and the multifunctionality arehigher in the LEADER project. However, the LEADER project is not perceived as delivering its objectivesto a greater extent than the IPRD project. The implications for process-oriented evaluation are discussed.
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