Research Lab Democracy and Society in Transition

Economic and Political Development in Rural Areas

Despite its diverse economic, political and social functions, strengths and potentials, rural areas face a number of problems. Specific areas of tension have developed particular challenges as a result of the advancing Europeanisation and globalization, and the associated "competition between regions" is likely to intensify. For that reason, rural areas deserve increased scientific and social attention.

The ECOnet project establishes an international, inter- and transdisciplinary as well as interuniversity research and teaching cooperation for economic and political development in rural areas. The goal is to generate excellent scientific knowledge and at the same time to provide practice-relevant, application-oriented expertise.

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