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Handbook of Local and Regional Development
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The Handbook of Local and Regional Development provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for local and regional development. The scope of this Handbook's coverage and contributions engages with and reflects upon the politics and policy of how we think about and practise local and regional development, encouraging dialogue across the disciplinary barriers between notions of ?local and regional development? in the Global North and ?development studies? in the Global South.
This Handbook is organized into seven inter-related sections, with an introductory chapter setting out the rationale, aims and structure of the Handbook. Section one situates local and regional development in its global context. Section two establishes the key issues in understanding the principles and values that help us define what is meant by local and regional development. Section three critically reviews the current diversity and variety of conceptual and theoretical approaches to local and regional development. Section four address questions of government and governance. Section five connects critically with the array of contemporary approaches to local and regional development policy. Section six is an explicitly global review of perspectives on local and regional development from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. Section seven provides reflection and discussion of the futures for local and regional development in an international and multidisciplinary context.
With over forty contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this Handbook provides critical reviews and appraisals of current state-of-the-art conceptual and theoretical approaches and future developments in local and regional development.
Book News Annotation:
The debate rages over whether local and regional planning entities or centralized development can best respond to the multitude of economic, ecological, and social problems facing society. Assembled to offer thorough grounding in the problematic issues, the practicalities, and the potential of local and regional development, this handbook consists of 49 contributions from urban planners, economists, sociologists, and geographers (most of whom are based in the US and the UK; some are from Spain, Germany, Australia). Arrangement is according to the general themes of defining principles, the global context, concepts and theories, and policy. More specifically the articles address such topics as territorial competition, inclusive growth, post-socialism and transition, migration and commuting, innovation networks and policy, neoliberal urbanism in Europe, gender and migration, carbon control regimes, Africa's experience, lessons from Latin America, and the language of local and regional development, among others. The three editors are affiliated as follows: Andy Pike and John Tomaney (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle U., UK), Andrés Rodriguez-Pose (economic geography, London School of Economics). Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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