Development specialists often overlook the feet that the towns of a rural region play as essential a role in the region's economy as does agriculture, and they design and implement broad strategies without due recognition of the unique and dynamic character of each individual region. Proper analysis requires consideration of the changing nature of rural regions and the principal agents of change. The contributors to this volume argue that development strategists should focus on processes rather than on products by taking the nonfarm aspects, as well as the farm aspects, of rural development into account and by recognizing that land, labor, water, and technology do not alone lead to balanced regional and agricultural development. The analytical approaches presented in this book incorporate wide-ranging variables from the urban space of rural regions—markets, towns, service industries, and organizations—that have major impacts on the rural regional economy. These methodologies aim at improving rural regional development processes.
Introduction -- Assessing Rural Regional Patterns -- Means, Motivators and Markets in Rural Regional Development -- Rural/Urban Dynamics -- Roles of Towns and Cities in the Development of Rural Regions -- Urban/Urban Relations and Rural Regional Development -- Rural/Urban Dynamics in Regional Planning: Examples from Underdeveloped Regions -- Spatial Analysis of Regional Marketing Systems in the Third World -- Rural Regional Services -- Meeting the Need for Services in Developing Rural Regions -- Operational Feasibility Analysis of Public Services in Developing Countries -- Regional Industrialization -- An Approach to Growth Patterns in Regional Industrialization -- The Government Role in Private Investment -- Organizational Factors in Rural Regional Development -- The Negotiated Order approach to Regional Development -- Development Agency/Villager Relations -- Regional Cooperation and Spatial Relations in the Rural Sector