Social Capital and Local Development

From Theory to Empirics

  • Elena Pisani
  • Giorgio Franceschetti
  • Laura Secco
  • Asimina Christoforou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Social Capital and Local Development in European Rural Areas: A Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou, Laura Secco, Giorgio Franceschetti
      Pages 3-22
  3. A Methodological Approach to the Evaluation of the LEADER Initiative

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou
      Pages 109-134
    3. Elena Pisani, Giorgio Franceschetti, Riccardo Da Re, Maria Castiglioni
      Pages 201-226
  4. LEADER and Social Capital: Comparative Analysis and Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Elena Pisani, Asimina Christoforou, Catie Burlando, Riccardo Da Re, Giorgio Franceschetti
      Pages 229-254
    3. Asimina Christoforou, Elena Pisani, Catie Burlando
      Pages 281-301
  5. LEADER and Social Capital: Regional Case Studies

  6. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
    2. Laura Secco, Elena Pisani, Catie Burlando, Asimina Christoforou
      Pages 417-438
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 439-516

About this book


This book addresses the role of social capital in promoting rural and local development. The recent financial and economic crises have exposed the European Union (EU) to an increased risk of social exclusion and poverty, which are now at the heart of its economic, employment and social agenda with explicit reference to rural and marginal areas (Europe 2020). The authors' work from the notion that rural development is not imposed from the ‘outside’, but depends also on endogenous factors, namely local cultural and ecological amenities, eco-system services, and economic links with urban areas which expand rural opportunities for innovation, competitiveness, employment and sustainable development.
Social capital is of paramount importance because it helps build networks and trusting relations among local stakeholders in the public and private spheres,  and supporting the enhancement of governance of natural resources in rural areas.


Rural development LEADER approach Europe Governance Economic performance Social innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena Pisani
    • 1
  • Giorgio Franceschetti
    • 2
  • Laura Secco
    • 3
  • Asimina Christoforou
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Padova LegnaroItaly
  2. 2.University of Padova LegnaroItaly
  3. 3.University of Padova LegnaroItaly
  4. 4.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece

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