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The Theory, Practice and Potential of Regional Development

The Case of Canada, 1st Edition

Edited by Kelly Vodden, David J.A. Douglas, Sean Markey, Sarah Minnes, Bill Reimer


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Canadian regional development today involves multiple actors operating within nested scales from local to national and even international levels. Recent approaches to making sense of this complexity have drawn on concepts such as multi-level governance, relational assets, integration, innovation, and learning regions. These new regionalist concepts have become increasingly global in their formation and application, yet there has been little critical analysis of Canadian regional development policies and programs or the theories and concepts upon which many contemporary regional development strategies are implicitly based.

This volume offers the results of five years of cutting-edge empirical and theoretical analysis of changes in Canadian regional development and the potential of new approaches for improving the well-being of Canadian communities and regions, with an emphasis on rural regions. It situates the Canadian approach within comparative experiences and debates, offering the opportunity for broader lessons to be learnt.

This book will be of interest to policy-makers and practitioners across Canada, and in other jurisdictions where lessons from the Canadian experience may be applicable. At the same time, the volume contributes to and updates regional development theories and concepts that are taught in our universities and colleges, and upon which future research and analysis will build.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Sarah Minnes and Kelly Vodden Chapter 2 Regional Development in Canada: Eras and Evolution Sarah-Patricia Breen, Sean Markey, and Bill Reimer Chapter 3 What is New Regionalism? Jen Daniels, David J.A. Douglas, Kelly Vodden, and Sean Markey Chapter 4 Project Approach: Critical Reflections on Methodology and Process Sarah-Patricia Breen and Kelly Vodden Chapter 5 Searching for Multi-Level Collaborative Governance Ryan Gibson Chapter 6 Identity and Commitment to Place: How Regions “Become” in Rural Canada Sean Markey, Sarah-Patricia Breen, Kelly Vodden, and Jen Daniels Chapter 7 “Integrated” Regional Development Policy and Planning David J.A. Douglas Chapter 8 Rural-Urban Interactions and Interdependence Bill Reimer, Joshua Barrett, Kelly Vodden, and Luc Bisson Chapter 9 Learning, Knowledge Flows, and Innovation in Canadian Regions Heather M. Hall and Kelly Vodden Chapter 10 Conclusions: Implications for Policy and Practice Kelly Vodden, David J.A. Douglas, Sarah Minnes, Sean Markey, Bill Reimer, and Sarah-Patricia Breen Index

About the Editors

Kelly Vodden is Associate Vice-President (Grenfell) Research and Graduate Studies and Professor (Research) with the Environmental Policy Institute at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Canada.

David J.A. Douglas is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, Canada, and has extensive experience in rural development across most Canadian regions, the EU, and other contexts (e.g., Indonesia, Iran, Ukraine, Pakistan).

Sean Markey is a Professor, and registered professional planner, with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Sarah Minnes is a Research Associate and registered planner, with the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Bill Reimer is a Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. From 1997 to 2008, he directed a Canadian research project on the New Rural Economy which included 13 universities, 35 partners, and 32 rural communities from all parts of Canada.

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact:

Joan Fitzgerald – [email protected] – Series Editor-in-Chief, or

Natalie Tomlinson – [email protected] – Routledge Commissioning Editor

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General