Contributions to Economics

Urban-Rural Interactions

Towns as Focus Points in Rural Development

Authors: van Leeuwen, Eveline

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Modern Europe has rural roots. Even today, as much as 90 per cent of Europe (EU25) consists of rural areas in which half of the population lives. While different rural areas often face different challenges, the shift from agricultural production towards a multifunctional landscape and the increasing value assigned to environmental values affect all rural areas.

The ambition to develop a more diversified rural economy, as well as the bottom-up approach and local focus of many rural policies, require a clear knowledge of the current socio-economic function of towns and town-hinterland linkages. Therefore, the aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the current function of towns in Europe in general and in the Netherlands more specifically. By using both micro- and macro-approaches, the multifaceted relationships between town-hinterland and the rural economy are explored at different spatial levels and for different actors, in particular for households, farms and firms.

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“Two main approaches to town development have been adopted in the literature. … In conclusion, van Leeuwen’s work achieves this goal: her methodologies identify a set of elements crucial for highlighting the multifaceted relationship between town-hinterland and the regional economy at different spatial levels and for different actors (households, farms and firms). The set of methodologies used could combine fully with the rural development approach as a standard for future analyses of local economics in rural areas.” (Vincenzo Fucilli and Ruggiero Sardaro, Italian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 9 (2), 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Leeuwen, Eveline S.

    Pages 1-14

  • Town and Hinterland Interactions in Rural Areas

    Leeuwen, Eveline S.

    Pages 15-36

  • Multifunctionality of Towns: Exploration of the Spatial Behaviour of Households

    Leeuwen, Eveline S.

    Pages 37-58

  • Farms in a Modern World: Local Integration and Off-Farm Employment

    Leeuwen, Eveline S.

    Pages 59-78

  • Town-Hinterland Relations: A Social Accounting Matrix Approach

    Leeuwen, Eveline S.

    Pages 79-113

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban-Rural Interactions
Book Subtitle
Towns as Focus Points in Rural Development
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Economics
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-2407-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7908-2407-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2406-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2817-7
Series ISSN
1431-1933
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 200
Number of Illustrations and Tables
35 b/w illustrations
Topics