Originally published in 1988. Leading international researchers in regional economic development have contributed an integrated set of chapters reviewing the whole field and taking stock of current thinking. The book is in honour of François Perroux, the father of regional development theory, whose contributions to two important concepts in economics – time and space – have been substantial. The book comprises five parts. Part one covers Perroux's work in general and on growth poles in particular. Part two deals with 'the politics of place', population and regional development, techniques for regional policy analysis and a neoclassical approach to regional economics. In part three the Canadian scene is reviewed at national and regional levels. In part four chapters on urban development, small and medium-size cities, and capital grants deal with the experiences of other countries. Part five concludes the book with a chapter on growth poles, optimal size of cities, and regional disparities and government intervention.
Preface. Introduction: The Economics and Politics of Regional Development Benjamin Higgins and Donald J. Savoie Part 1: Perroux 1. François Perroux Benjamin Higgins 2. The Pole of Development's New Place in a General Theory of Economic Activity François Perroux 3. Peregrinations of an Economist and the Choice of His Route François Perroux 4. Growth Pole Theory and Strategy Reconsidered: Domination, Linkages, and Distribution Karen R. Polenske Part 2: Methods and Approaches 5. The Politics of Place: Toward a Political Economy of Territorial Planning John Friedmann and Yvon Forest 6. Population and Regional Development William Alonso 7. A Review of Techniques for Regional Policy Analysis Harry Richardson 8. A Neoclassical Approach to Regional Economics Thomas J. Courchene and James R. Melvin Part 3: Canadian Experiences 9. Regional Development and Efficiency of the National Economy Benjamin Higgins 10. Regional Development in a Federal State André Raynauld 11. The Influence of Unemployment Insurance Benefits upon the Social Cost of Labor in Lagging Regions Fernand Martin 12. Regional Disparities: A Model with Some Econometric Results for Canada John Vanderkamp Part 4: Experience in Other Countries 13. Some Lessons and Implications of the World Bank's Experience in Urban Development Lloyd Rodwin 14. Small and Medium-size Cities in Development Niles Hansen 15. Evaluating Capital Grants for Regional Development Kingsley E. Haynes and Tony Dignan Conclusions Benjamin Higgins and Donald J. Savoie
Reissuing works originally published between 1952 and 1991, this collection presents a wide-ranging set of excellent texts across economics, geography, urban studies, planning, politics and industrial studies. Addressing problems and policy, development and demographics, these books together form a wealth of research and debate. Some volumes address specific areas such as industrialization, housing, property, city-systems, de-centralization, employment or rural resources. Other volumes present case studies in Australia, Britain, underdeveloped countries, South Africa and the USA while some are fully international in representation. Given the recent economic shifts around the world, this timely collection is an incredibly useful resource.