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LEADER and leadership - Democratic aspects of rural development planning in the municipality of Karlshamn

Klasander, Jakob LU (2011) SGEM02 20111
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
The rural regions have, and are facing, challenges on how to keep population, services and businesses. As of this, rural development focus has shifted towards the place-specific qualities by integrating local actors. This thesis focuses on analyzing the LEADER-methods approach to rural development in the municipality of Karlshamn, by interviewing local population to achieve an understanding of the place-specific attractivity features of the rural areas in Karlshamns municipality.

The purpose is to analyze a local rural development project, called ‗Ett steg längre‘ by uniting a theoretical framework with empirical findings and to be providing constructive critique regarding this rural development process.

The conducted interviews give... (More)
The rural regions have, and are facing, challenges on how to keep population, services and businesses. As of this, rural development focus has shifted towards the place-specific qualities by integrating local actors. This thesis focuses on analyzing the LEADER-methods approach to rural development in the municipality of Karlshamn, by interviewing local population to achieve an understanding of the place-specific attractivity features of the rural areas in Karlshamns municipality.

The purpose is to analyze a local rural development project, called ‗Ett steg längre‘ by uniting a theoretical framework with empirical findings and to be providing constructive critique regarding this rural development process.

The conducted interviews give some clarity in regard to place-specific attractivity features as well as democratic aspects to consider in this process. The development approach most desired is a preservationist one; the nature-related qualities are seen with utmost importance for the local attractivity. The LEADER-method is also found to be a functioning democratic approach in rural development planning, if following its core principles, and could be enhanced through functioning internet-connectivity with the local actors.

The thesis will allow for both a deeper theoretical understanding of the LEADER-method‘s approach to rural development but also empirically, through the interviews regarding the rural areas in Karlshamns municipality. (Less)
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author
Klasander, Jakob LU
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organization
course
SGEM02 20111
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Rural development, LEADER, Democracy, Planning, Karlshamn
language
English
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1979043
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2011-08-14 20:43:35
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  abstract     = {The rural regions have, and are facing, challenges on how to keep population, services and businesses. As of this, rural development focus has shifted towards the place-specific qualities by integrating local actors. This thesis focuses on analyzing the LEADER-methods approach to rural development in the municipality of Karlshamn, by interviewing local population to achieve an understanding of the place-specific attractivity features of the rural areas in Karlshamns municipality.

The purpose is to analyze a local rural development project, called ‗Ett steg längre‘ by uniting a theoretical framework with empirical findings and to be providing constructive critique regarding this rural development process.

The conducted interviews give some clarity in regard to place-specific attractivity features as well as democratic aspects to consider in this process. The development approach most desired is a preservationist one; the nature-related qualities are seen with utmost importance for the local attractivity. The LEADER-method is also found to be a functioning democratic approach in rural development planning, if following its core principles, and could be enhanced through functioning internet-connectivity with the local actors.

The thesis will allow for both a deeper theoretical understanding of the LEADER-method‘s approach to rural development but also empirically, through the interviews regarding the rural areas in Karlshamns municipality.},
  author       = {Klasander, Jakob},
  keyword      = {Rural development,LEADER,Democracy,Planning,Karlshamn},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {LEADER and leadership - Democratic aspects of rural development planning in the municipality of Karlshamn},
  year         = {2011},
}