Territorial development. A new approach to development processes for the economies of the developing countries

Bernard Pecqueur


This article seeks to show how the elements of a (flexible and adaptable) model of territorial development, whose roots are anchored in the analysis of coordination among pre-capitalist actors, can take on a more concrete form in developing economies. Our hypothesis is that the application of this model functions as a resurgence of pre-capitalist production relations, revalidated by local practices and renewed by territorial dynamics. Is such a return to pre-capitalist ways possible and realistic despite the obstacles and, if so, under what conditions? These are the questions this paper seeks to address, by the way of a specifically economic analysis focused on the dynamics of productive systems. On the first part, we review the fundamental principles of a model of territorial development based on a local system of actors, which assumes that the territory is “constructed” and is founded, according to our approach, on the principle of specification. On the second part, we assess the feasibility of this model in developing economies, remembering that we are starting from practices that are already old; practices involving risks and that assume certain conditions of implementation.


Territorial development; Territorial resource; Territorial economy; Localised agri-food systems; Developing countries

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1807-1384.2013v10n2p8

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R. Inter. Interdisc. INTERthesis, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil, eISSN 1807-1384


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