Territorial integration and development policy. Cover Image

Területi integráció és fejlesztéspolitika
Territorial integration and development policy.

The case of Vértes Nature Park

Author(s): Bernadett Csurgó, Megyesi Boldizsár
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Debreceni Egyetem Politikatudományi és Szociológiai Intézet
Keywords: territorial integration; rural development policy; rural society

Summary/Abstract: The paper seeks to understand the influences of development policy initiatives on territorial integration. Through the analysis of Vértes Nature Park case study we aimed at exploring whether the territorial relationships of the stakeholders can be restructured by spatially based development. The aim of the paper is to present the mechanisms of territorial integration by a case study analysis of rural territorial development.Our findings show that the participation and involvement of stakeholders in rural development are determined by their role and status in the initiative, thus the initiator actors are the more active ones. The territorial relationships of stakeholders are increased and strengthened by the level of involvement in the activities of Vértes Nature Park. Nevertheless, the territorialcloseness also affects the stakeholders’ involvement. Csákvár and its surroundings have central position in this territorial relationship. The acceptance of the principals of the initiatives is also affected by the territorial closeness and it limits the contested development initiatives.

  • Issue Year: 5/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 41-63
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Hungarian