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Geographical indications and local development: the strength of territorial embeddedness

Crescenzi, Riccardo ORCID: 0000-0003-0465-9796, De Filippis, Fabrizio, Giua, Mara and Vaquero Pineiro, Cristina (2021) Geographical indications and local development: the strength of territorial embeddedness. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404 (In Press)

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This paper explores revolutionary and rural politics through the case study of Al-Tahseen, a small village in the Egyptian Delta that witnessed an administrative secessionist movement in 2012 and a lineage of protests in 2008. The paper interrogates the relationship between politics at the rural level and the 25 January revolution in 2011, the 18-day mass protest that led to the ouster of long-time President Hosni Mubarak. Indeed, parallels can be drawn between the protest movement in Al-Tahseen and the 25 January revolution. While the villagers were not part of the latter, they watched it closely on television and modelled their sequence and choice of collective action accordingly. Al-Tahseen experienced its own local revolution which the villagers consciously differentiated from the 25 January uprising. Through this case study, I explore how protest tactics shift with changing political regimes, and highlight the complicated ways in which rural lived experiences relate to the more popularly known 2011 revolution, which is often seen and described as an urban revolution.Can Geographical Indications (GIs) promote local economic development in rural areas? This paper explores the impact of GIs that identify and endorse agri-food products which are strictly embedded within the territory from which they originate. Examining Italian wine protected by GIs through an innovative dataset, Propensity Score Matching and Difference-in-Differences models make it possible to compare local economic development trajectories of rural municipalities afforded GIs with the correspondent dynamics of a counterfactual group of similar municipalities without GI status since 1951. Rural municipalities with GIs experience population growth and economic reorganisation towards non-farming sectors, which frequently involve higher value added activities.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q18 - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R10 - General
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 14:21

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