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The role of the civil society in regional and rural development

Cras, Patrik


The role of local civil society organizations in general and their different local contexts has recently been highlighted (Arvidsson et al. 2018; Johansson et al. 2019). This research brief introduces the recent Swedish literature on the role of the civil society in rural and regional development by first identifying two different perspectives held by the researchers, a social movement perspective versus a social innovation perspective. However, many researchers tend to work across these two perspectives, showing how they are intertwined in local practices. The brief also presents how a perspective on place creation and community building holds a specific position in several studies. Finally, the brief presents four emergent empirical fields within theme of civil society research.

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R3 Brief
2020, number: 1
Publisher: Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

UKÄ Subject classification

Human Geography

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