Promoting the viability of rural areas is a major objective of the European development and agricultural policies. One of the key aspects for the success of these policies is represented by the possibility to monitor the quality of life in all of its dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. The implementation of tools capable of pointing out the principal criticalities of human satisfaction is complex whether we are referring to the very definition of the concept of well-being or to the operative aspects in evaluating its components. We propose an approach to evaluate community well-being in which the fundamental components are defined referencing Sen's Theory of Capabilities and measured via questionnaires whose purpose is to subjectively evaluate each component on the level of territory of residence. This methodology has been applied to the case of rural areas in Tuscany (Italy). The results show that the main determinants of well-being are the individual perceptions concerning economic condition, security, environmental quality, and educational opportunities.

Evaluating rural viability and well-being: Evidence from marginal areas in Tuscany / Casini L.; Boncinelli F.; Gerini F.; Romano C.; Scozzafava G.; Contini C.. - In: JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES. - ISSN 0743-0167. - ELETTRONICO. - 82:(2021), pp. 64-75. [10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.002]

Evaluating rural viability and well-being: Evidence from marginal areas in Tuscany

Casini L.;Boncinelli F.
;
Gerini F.;Romano C.;Scozzafava G.;Contini C.
2021

Abstract

Promoting the viability of rural areas is a major objective of the European development and agricultural policies. One of the key aspects for the success of these policies is represented by the possibility to monitor the quality of life in all of its dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. The implementation of tools capable of pointing out the principal criticalities of human satisfaction is complex whether we are referring to the very definition of the concept of well-being or to the operative aspects in evaluating its components. We propose an approach to evaluate community well-being in which the fundamental components are defined referencing Sen's Theory of Capabilities and measured via questionnaires whose purpose is to subjectively evaluate each component on the level of territory of residence. This methodology has been applied to the case of rural areas in Tuscany (Italy). The results show that the main determinants of well-being are the individual perceptions concerning economic condition, security, environmental quality, and educational opportunities.
2021
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64
75
Casini L.; Boncinelli F.; Gerini F.; Romano C.; Scozzafava G.; Contini C.
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