Transnational cooperation, an opportunity for social innovation of rural regions

Dax, Thomas and Kah, Stefan (2017) Transnational cooperation, an opportunity for social innovation of rural regions. European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, 5 (3). pp. 211-222. ISSN 2196-8268 (

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Transnational cooperation is a policy instrument of the LEADER programme that has been available to local actors since the start of LEADER 25 years ago. However, its potential for social innovation has been underutilised so far. An assessment of the international debate about the usefulness of the scheme and the analysis of a case study in Austria provides insights into obstacles and opportunities of this instrument. In particular, there are opportunities for a greater use of transnational cooperation due to increased spatial interrelations and the extension of the LEADER approach to other European Structural and Investment Funds, i.e. by implementing Community-led Local Development (CLLD). The current (2014-20) EU programme period might therefore provide additional stimuli for creativity in rural development activities.