Alistair Adam Hernández

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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

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Abstract:

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

A review of the challenges and strategies of delivering services of general interest in European rural areas

Nathalie Tent, Alexandru Brad, Juliane Klöden, Alistair Adam Hernández, Jörn Bannert, Alice Gebauer

Europa XXI (2021) vol. 41, pp. 77-105 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.4
citation: Tent, N., Brad, A., Klöden, J., Adam Hernández, A., Bannert, J., & Gebauer, A. (2021). A review of the challenges and strategies of delivering services of general interest in European rural areas. Europa XXI, 41, 77-105. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2021.41.4

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In many of Europe’s rural regions, sociodemographic changes, the transformation of the labour market, and the advent of digitalisation pose significant challenges in safeguarding services of general interest (SGI). This paper draws on a broad literature review to identify the key challenges and potential adaptation strategies in three SGIs in four European countries. Our analysis explores potentials for redesigning the accessibility of these SGIs, restructuring their human and physical assets, and improving the coordination of their delivery. We argue that in the context of a fading welfare state, there is scope for improving the local coordination of state, private, and civil society actors in delivering SGIs in rural areas.

Keywords: firefighters, medical care, post-school education, rural areas, services of general interest, sociodemographic changes

Nathalie Tent [nathalie.tent@uni-oldenburg.de], Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Alexandru Brad [alexandru.brad@thuenen.de], Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
Juliane Klöden [juliane.kloeden@tu-dresden.de], TU Dresden, Chair of Land Management
Alistair Adam Hernández [adam@arl-net.de], Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
Jörn Bannert [bannert@gih.uni-hannover.de], Leibniz University Hannover, Geodetic Institute
Alice Gebauer [gebauer@gih.uni-hannover.de], Leibniz University Hannover, Geodetic Institute