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The Decentralization Process of Rural Development Policy in Greece

Pavlos Karanikolas () and Sophia Hatzipanteli

European Planning Studies, 2008, vol. 18, issue 3, 411-434

Abstract: This study aims at critically assessing the decentralization process of rural policy-making and delivery in Greece. Drawing upon a case study of the farm modernization scheme, research findings indicate that despite remarkable decentralization efforts, rural development in Greece seems to maintain its primarily state-emanated design and implementation. Long-standing top-down and sectoral orientation in the formulation of this policy still holds. Apart from the redistribution of responsibilities and the multiplication of competent authorities, a genuine delegation of competencies and resources is needed, coupled with a renewed awareness of integrated policies from the actors involved at all administrative levels.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1080/09654310903497710

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