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|dc.description.abstract||This article raises the question of the constitution of rural society in postsocialist countries,and explores the possibilities of participatory approaches in rural development and resourcemanagement in face of given social conditions in the local context. The unifying scientific"idea" is currently associated with the concept of social capital. The ability to form socialcapital can be seen as a central prerequisite both for economic development and the protectionof resources (that is, for sustainable development). An important element of this concept is thenetworking of the actors within the region and with external actors.As a result of historical development the network relations in the rural areas of East Germanyhave a specific structure. What is especially remarkable is the continuing dominant role of therepresentatives of the big agricultural enterprises in the important local network structuresdespite the obvious decline in the economic importance of these enterprises. The structuresuncovered in the case studies can certainly be taken to reflect the reality of many localcontexts. It is argued that, as far as the creation of the beginnings of participation in ruraldevelopment and resource management are concerned, that if the peculiarities are ignoredthere is a danger that the existing network structures wills simply be strengthened throughparticipatory development. Therefore, the important contributions of participatory approachesto the solution of concrete problems must be supplemented by the prospect of its socialembedding in the context of rural development. At the same time it also became clear in theproject that the success of developed attempts at problem solution can only be ensured if thehigher political levels are prepared to devolve downwards.||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartofseries|||aCEESA discussion paper / Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences |x12||en_US|
|dc.title||Systems of local self-administration after agricultural transformation : experiences of a local resource management project in East Germany||en_US|
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