Rural development in both the Third World and the United States suffers from many perceived failures and the lack of a theoretically rich conceptual framework by which effective rural development policies can be fashioned. Drawing upon Third World development literature, a perspective for domestic rural development is suggested. Development is defined by interdependence of increasingly specialized resources in production and the interdependence of relations among differentiated social groups including the rural disadvantaged. Effective programs must expand both resource utilization and restructure social relations that hinder development.
Bradshaw, Ted K.
"The Elusiveness of Rural Development Theory and Policy: Domestic and Third World Perspectives Joined,"
Sociological Practice: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/socprac/vol8/iss1/8