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Local Cooperation: A Dynamic Force for Endogenous Rural Development

  • Fotios Chatzitheodoridis
  • Anastasios Michailidis
  • Georgios Theodosiou
  • Efstratios Loizou
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Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to indicate that many times rural development is achievable endogenously through local forces. It is believed that a direct relationship exists between local cooperation and local forces in rural communities, allowing them to become a mechanism for endogenous development. The examination of local cooperation as a mechanism for endogenous development is important and thus, after a review of theoretical works related to local cooperation and endogenous development, the study presents an analysis derived from a case study, performed in a typical peripheral rural area in northwest Greece. Especially, after the recent spectacular shift of the global financial status, the existence of a local cooperation framework attracts the interest of the analysts as it can shed new light on endogenous development and on modeling and understanding better the long-term behavior of rural residents. Thus, this study examines the willingness of the local society to accept and support a local factor such as an investment proposal of the local union of agricultural cooperatives, by revealing the foremost reasons thereof. Both descriptive statistics and multivariate analysis were employed. Two-step cluster analysis was used to explore the different levels of local factor’s adoption and a binomial logit model was estimated to determine the relation between social characteristics and willingness to adopt endogenous development.

Keywords

Dairy Product Rural Resident Cattle Breeder Dairy Industry Agricultural Cooperative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fotios Chatzitheodoridis
    • 1
  • Anastasios Michailidis
    • 2
  • Georgios Theodosiou
    • 3
    • 4
  • Efstratios Loizou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Products Marketing and Quality Control, Terma KontopoulouTechnological Educational Institute of Western MacedoniaFlorinaGreece
  2. 2.School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural EconomicsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Department of Business AdministrationTechnological Educational Institute of LarissaLarissaGreece
  4. 4.Technological Educational Institution of Western MacedoniaKozaniGreece

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