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LEADER and innovation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lorna Dargan, Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE

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Abstract

Innovation is widely held to be a key driver of economic growth at the heart of the knowledge economy, although the social and cultural dimensions of innovation are often neglected. Thus, innovation policies are frequently regarded as central to improving a region's competitiveness, but what does this mean in rural contexts and how is this concept understood and negotiated by different actors? This article takes as a point of departure the literature on innovation in urban systems, innovative milieux and 'learning regions', and then examines uses of the concept in the LEADER initiative - originally intended to develop innovative approaches to rural development - in 10 countries and at various scales from the EU and nation to the local. Consideration is also given to the forms of knowledge associated with innovation processes. © Journal compilation © 2008 European Society for Rural Sociology.


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Author(s): Dargan L, Shucksmith M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociologia Ruralis

Year: 2008

Volume: 48

Issue: 3

Pages: 274-291

Print publication date: 01/06/2008

ISSN (print): 0038-0199

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9523

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2008.00463.x

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2008.00463.x

Notes: Special Issue on Rural Sustainable Development in the Era of Knowledge Society


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