The past year has certainly been a particularly difficult one for the strength and cohesion of the European Union. The outcomes of local and national elections in many countries unveiled not only the emergence of new populist and nationalist movements and governments all across the Union, but also a growing disbelief in the European project and institutions.
In an insightful paper, Pietro Verga discusses ‘what to do’, the potential of the Community-Led Local Development and the ‘potential pitfalls’ of CLLD’s participatory arrangements’, as well as the scope for integrating digital tools in citizen participation strategies.
In concluding, he argues that if supported by an adequate and open strategy for citizen engagement, the Community-Led Local Development could be an appropriate means to overcome EU discontent in the so-called places that don’t matter.
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