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Agricultura, desarrollo económico y democracia

Domingo Gallego ()

Documentos de Trabajo de la Sociedad de Estudios de Historia Agraria from Sociedad de Estudios de Historia Agraria

Abstract: There have been frequent proposals of ways of economic development based on the de-ruralization of economic activity. Behind them lie the empowerment of other productive sectors and other locations for economic activity. The underlying hypothesis is that the potentialities that induce development are to be found in other productive activities and in large urban spaces. The objective of this essay is to highlight the opportunities wasted through de-ruralizing policies when the societies whose prosperity is meant to be boosted are poor and ruralized, that is, they are economies in which most of the population live in small nuclei whose main activity, around which other activities revolve, is agrarian. The intention is to show that, in these cases, de-ruralization might not be the best strategy if what is sought is socially and environmentally balanced growth. To support this line of argument, the productive potential of agrarian activities and of rural economies, as well as the capacity of rural societies to construct cooperative and permeable institutional contexts, will be shown.

Keywords: rural history; peasant societies; institutional economy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O15 Q18 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2014-12
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