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    Mainstreaming LEADER Delivery of the RDR in Cumbria: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

    Convery, Ian and Soane, Ian and Dutson, Tom and Shaw, Helen (2010) Mainstreaming LEADER Delivery of the RDR in Cumbria: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Sociologia Ruralis, 50 (4). pp. 370-391. ISSN 1467-9523

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    The European Union (EU) Rural Development Regulations (RDR) provide the blueprint for EU rural development policy. A major change with the 2007–2013 funding period has been the decision to mainstream the LEADER programme as a cross‐cutting axis for the local delivery of rural development. Delivery of the RDR in England (via the Rural Development Plan for England) has been devolved to the regions, and in the north‐west there has been further sub‐regional devolution. In Cumbria, where there is a history of successful LEADER programmes, a core group of stakeholders took the decision at an early stage to develop a proposal to deliver the whole of RDR Axes 1 and 3 funding via a mainstreamed LEADER approach. This article tracks the process of developing local action group proposals in Cumbria, and uses interpretive phenomenological analysis to explore the evolution of a local governance mechanism and provides a commentary on the tensions among mainstreaming, participation and innovation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Governance; Social-Ecological Systems; Rural Development; Northern Ireland; Participation; Program; Spain; Sociology; Evolutionary biology; Rural development; Analysis; Phenomenology; Social policy; Local government; Social services;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12249
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    Depositing User: Helen Shaw
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 17:16
    Journal or Publication Title: Sociologia Ruralis
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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