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Local and Regional Development

By Andy Pike, Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, John Tomaney, Andy Pike, Andres Rodriguez-Pose, John Tomaney

© 2007 – Routledge

312 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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Local and regional development is an increasingly global issue. For localities and regions, the challenge of enhancing prosperity, improving wellbeing and increasing living standards has become acute for localities and regions formerly considered discrete parts of the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds. Amid concern over the definitions and sustainability of ‘development’, a spectre has emerged of deepened unevenness and sharpened inequalities in the development prospects for particular social groups and territories.

Local and Regional Development engages and addresses the key questions: what are the principles and values that shape definitions and strategies of local and regional development? What are the conceptual and theoretical frameworks capable of understanding and interpreting local and regional development? What are the main policy interventions and instruments? How do localities and regions attempt to effect development in practice? What kinds of local and regional development should we be pursuing?

This book addresses the fundamental issues of ‘what kind of local and regional development and for whom?’, frameworks of understanding, and instruments and policies. It outlines what a holistic, progressive and sustainable local and regional development might constitute before reflecting on its limits and political renewal. With the growing international importance of local and regional development, this book is an essential student purchase, illustrated throughout with maps, figures and case studies from Asia, Europe, and Central and North America.


'The authors do a valuable service in bringing together this material and setting it out in a systematic way.' - Kenneth Button, George Mason University, International Journal of Regional Science

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction: Local and Regional Development 2. What Kind of Local and Regional Development and for Whom? Part 2: Frameworks of Understanding 3. Concepts and Theories of Local and Regional Development 4. Institutions: Government and Governance Part 3: Interventions: Instruments and Policies 5. Mobilising Indigenous Potential 6. Attracting and Embedding Exogenous Resources Part 4: Integrated Approaches 7. Local and Regional Development in Practice 8. Conclusions

About the Authors

Andy Pike is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), University of Newcastle, UK.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, UK.

John Tomaney is Professor of Regional Governance and Director in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), University of Newcastle, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries