This book examines the multiple ways in which rural regions in Europe are being restructured through globalization and the regional development responses that they have adopted. It provides an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for rural regions arising from the major economic, social, political and cultural changes associated with globalization, including trade liberalization and economic deregulation, increased international migration, and the rise of global consciousness about environmental issues. Drawing on examples and findings from a major European research project, DERREG, the book presents detailed case studies of ten regions in different parts of Europe, exploring the factors that lead to different experiences of globalization in each of the regions, and highlighting examples of good practice in regional development responses. The book concludes by proposing a typology of regional responses to globalization and considering the policy implications of the research findings. As such, ’Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions’ is important reading for geographers, sociologists, planners and economists interested in understanding the impact of globalization in rural regions, and for rural development professionals seeking to mobilize effective responses.

chapter 1|17 pages

Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions – Challenge and Opportunity

ByJohn McDonagh, Michael Woods, Birte Nienaber

chapter 3|18 pages

Raising Self-efficacy and Resilience in the Westerkwartier

The Spin-off from Collaborative Leadership
ByDirk Roep, Wiebke Wellbrock, Lummina G. Horlings

chapter 4|16 pages

Managing Development with Civil Society in a Globalizing Rural

ByMarie Mahon, Maura Farrell, John McDonagh

chapter 5|16 pages

Local Cultures of the Ceredigion Economy

Practices of Endogenous Development in Rural Mid Wales
ByLaura Jones, Jesse Heley, Suzie Watkin

chapter 6|16 pages

Constituting Connections and Rural Revitalization in ‘The Comarca de Verín’, Galicia (Spain)

ByMaría D. Domínguez García, Paul Swagemakers, Johannes S.C. Wiskerke, Xavier Simón Fernández

chapter 7|18 pages

Greater Globalization Challenges – Lesser Rural Responses

The Case of Alytus County, Lithuania
ByEmilija Kairytė

chapter 8|18 pages

Transformation of Rural Slovenia

The Pomurje Region in Search of New Development Paths
ByBarbara Lampič, Irena Mrak, Irma Potočnik Slavič

chapter 9|22 pages

Towards a Sustainable Regional Economy? The Oberlausitz Region in Transformation

ByJoachim Burdack, Michael Kriszan, Robert Nadler

chapter 11|16 pages

Globalization and Sustainable Development in South Moravia

ByMilada Šťastná

chapter 12|23 pages

Globalization Processes and the Restructuring of Europe's Rural Regions

ByMichael Woods, Birte Nienaber, John McDonagh