Authorities as Enablers in Rural Business Support Policy Regime : Case-Study Finland

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Kujala , P , Virkkala , S & Lahdesmaki , M 2021 , ' Authorities as Enablers in Rural Business Support Policy Regime : Case-Study Finland ' , Sociologia Ruralis , vol. 61 , no. 1 . https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12326

Title: Authorities as Enablers in Rural Business Support Policy Regime : Case-Study Finland
Author: Kujala, Paivi; Virkkala, Seija; Lahdesmaki, Merja
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Sociologia Ruralis
ISSN: 0038-0199
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326438
Abstract: This article focuses on rural business support as a policy regime of the second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). We examine the relationships present in the regime to find out how authorities become enablers in the entrepreneurship promotion process. A rural business support regime is considered as a government policy network, consisting of dynamic collaboration and interaction between the European Commission, policymakers, policy implementers and rural entrepreneurs. Based on 38 interviews of rural development actors in Finland, our case-study identifies four properties in the relationships, namely trust, learning, discretion and creativity that are crucial factors in enabling interactions in the rural business support regime. As a contribution, we develop a model for enabling rural authority. We conclude the article by presenting implications for the legitimacy, coherence and durability of the rural business support regime in Finland and in the EU, as we argue that enabling action affects these policy impacts.
Subject: CAP
enabling
interaction
policy regime
rural authorities
rural entrepreneurship
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
TRUST
IMPLEMENTATION
BUREAUCRACY
AREAS
MODEL
519 Social and economic geography
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