Europa XXI (2021) vol. 41

Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision

Alistair Adam Hernández, Carolin Schneider

Europa XXI (2021) vol. 41, pp. 107-128 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5
citation: Adam Hernández, A. & Schneider, C. (2021). Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision. Europa XXI, 41, 107-128. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5

In a context of highly heterogeneous development prospects for rural areas in the German Federal Republic, maintaining public services and infrastructure in peripheral locations is facing major challenges. Since the 1990s, a number of nationwide and publicly-funded pilot schemes have experimented with innovative approaches for the long-term transformation of the way public services and infrastructure are provided in the countryside. Nevertheless, the continuity of these approaches often turns out to be problematic. This paper analyses a series of pilot schemes as instruments for territorial development and presents new findings at multiple levels for enhancing their performance.

Keywords: basic services and infrastructure, demographic decline, Germany, innovation, pilot schemes, rural areas

Alistair Adam Hernández [adam@arl-net.de], Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
Carolin Schneider [carolin-schneider@freenet.de], Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association

Citation

APA: Adam Hernández, A., & Schneider, C. (2021). Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision. Europa XXI, 41, 107-128. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5
MLA: Adam Hernández, Alistair and Schneider, Carolin. "Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision". Europa XXI, vol. 41, 2021, pp. 107-128. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5
Chicago: Adam Hernández, Alistair and Schneider, Carolin. "Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision". Europa XXI 41 (2021): 107-128. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5
Harvard: Adam Hernández, A., & Schneider, C. 2021. "Experimenting for long-term transformation. Key insights into 20 years of German pilot schemes for innovative rural public service and infrastructure provision". Europa XXI, vol. 41, pp. 107-128. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.5