Synopses & Reviews
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.
Making sense of the urban experience has long occupied social scientists, but it is a challenge of growing importance as the global urban population continues to grow. Within the context of this increasingly urbanized world, this book shows why and how geography matters in understanding cities and the ways in which people live in them. Engaging directly with some of the key debates in urban studies and drawing on the insights of contemporary geographical thinking and research, Allan Cochrane brings together theory and real-world examples. Written by a highly experienced and respected scholar and addressing global and comparative dimensions of urbanization, Why Urban Geographies Matter will be a valuable resource for teachers and students of urban geography and planning.
About the Author
Allan Cochrane is professor and holder of the Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellowship in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. He is currently principal investigator on the UK Economic and Social Research Council-funded project, “Tensions and Prospects for Sustainable Housing Growth,” and co-investigator on another project, “Living Multiculture.”