S. Shortall and M.E. Warner
Social Policy and Administration, vol. 44, 2010, p. 575-597
While EU rural development policy emphasises social inclusion, US policy is more focused on economic competitiveness. This article examines the different values and assumptions underpinning the policies and situates them in their socio-historical context. In both countries, new rural development policies emphasise partnership and participation, but local participation is used to promote inclusion in the EU, and market competitiveness in the USA.