Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development

Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America, 1st Edition

Edited by Sergio Montero, Karen Chapple


166 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban agglomerations as nodes of innovation and competitive advantage, connecting territories to global value chains. However, this framework cannot so easily be applied to peripheral regions and secondary cities in either the Global South or the North.

This book proposes an alternative way of looking at local economic development based on the idea of fragile governance and three variables: associations and networks; learning processes; and leadership and conflict management in six Latin American peripheral regions. The case studies illustrate the challenges of governance in small and intermediate cities in Latin America, and showcase strategies that are being used to achieve a more resilient and territorial vision of local economic development.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers of local economic development, urban and regional studies, and political economy in Latin America as well as to policy-makers and practitioners interested in local and regional economic development policy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Peripheral Regions, Fragile Governance: Local Economic Development from Latin America. Sergio Montero and Karen Chapple Chapter 2. Governing Local Economic Development in Latin America: Situating the Debate Karen Chapple and Sergio Montero Chapter 3. From Learning to Fragile Governance in Lurín: Regional Economic Development in Rural Peru Karen Chapple and Sergio Montero Chapter 4. Learning via Communities of Practice: The Experience of Grupos Gestores in Guatemala Karen Chapple, Sergio Montero, and Pedro Peterson Chapter 5. Córdoba, the Argentinian Silicon Valley? Common Narratives, Institutional Experiments, and Mutual Adjustments to Develop a Regional Innovation System Outside Buenos Aires Andrés Matta and Sergio Montero Chapter 6. Against the grain: Networked governance and local economic development in Linhares, Brazil Pedro Peterson Chapter 7. From Individual to Shared Leadership in Arauco, Chile: Elements of an Emergent Process Miren Estensoro and Susana Franco Chapter 8. Intergenerational Leadership and Local Economic Development: Towards a New Kind of Artisan Association in Mompox, Colombia Sergio Montero and Nathalia Calderón Chapter 9. Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development Policy: Concluding Thoughts Karen Chapple and Sergio Montero

About the Editors

Sergio Montero, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Development at CIDER (Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Desarrollo), Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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