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Defining the Urban and Rural

Defining the Urban and Rural

Author: Valentina (Eupolis Lombardia Research Centre, Italy) Cattivelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

In recent years, new definitions of cities and countries and the regions within them have emerged. In particular, how a region comes to be considered as `rural' or `urban' or somewhere in between has been a subject of some debate. This has led to a drive to seek new territorial classification methods on the part of research institutes, statistical centres and European researchers in order to define these new territorial contexts. This book analyses these various attempts by listing different taxonomies, highlighting some criticisms and pointing out some suggestions to build more effective methods of classification.

Ageing, Long-term Care Insurance and Healthcare Finance in Asia

Ageing, Long-term Care Insurance and Healthcare Finance in Asia

Author: Sabrina Ching Yuen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Luk Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2020

This book uses a revised version of Kingdon's multiple-streams framework to examine health financing reforms in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) as well as long-term care insurance (LTCI) reforms in Japan and Singapore. It shows that the explanatory power of the multiple-streams framework can be strengthened through enriching the concepts of policy entrepreneurs, ideas and windows of opportunity in the original framework as well as bringing the theoretical lens of historical institutionalism into the framework.

Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development

Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development

Author: R. David (Clemson University, USA) Lamie Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2020

Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development provides scholarly and practical knowledge on a range of issues often associated with local food system development. Many people agree that there are unintended consequences associated with the manner in which our food supply chain has evolved. These concerns range in focus from health, to environment, to economic structure, to social justice. But, for each argument critical of our current food system, there are to be found strong counter-arguments; the popular press is replete with stories that lean toward taking specific sides in these arguments, often demonizing those on the other side. In this volume local food scholars strive to be fair, balanced, and as factual as possible in their arguments. This even-handed approach is appropriate as it should foster more sustainable community change and should lead us toward a stronger foundation for scholarly inquiry and ultimately more respect and credibility for efforts to better understand the phenomenon of local and regional food system development. Amidst a deepening interest in local food systems as a community economic development strategy, Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development will be of great interest to scholars of community development, rural studies, agriculture, food systems, and rural economy. The chapters originally published as a special issue of Community Development.

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 5 The Historic Process

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 5 The Historic Process

Author: Surendra J. Patel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Originally published in 1995, this book follows the preceding 4 volumes (Aisa, Africa, Latin America and Developed Countries) and discusses technological transformation in development history. It looks back on two centuries of history of the emergence of developed countries and examines the various aspects determining the speed, size and shape of the historical process of transformation in developed countries after World War 2.

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 2 Africa

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 2 Africa

Author: Surendra J. Patel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Originally published in 1993, this book contains 3 studies on Africa: Algeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The studies underline the difficulties which Africa has faced in initiating its technological transformation. During the post WW2 period liberation from colonialism came relatively late and therefore many African countries did not have the possibility of participating in the rapid growth of global output and trade. Debt, drought and famine have put additional burdens on the economic conditions of the continet. Adverse conditions and poor infrastructure have made the continent much more vulnerable to both external and internal disturbances and as a result many countries have not had the opportunity to make a real beginning towards their transformation.

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 3 Latin America

Technological Transformation in the Third World: Volume 3 Latin America

Author: Surendra J. Patel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Originally published in 1993, this book contains 3 studies from Latin America: Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. These studies bring out sharply the processes at work in Latin America between 1950 and 1980, which were responsible for the crisis that the continent faced in the 1980s. In each case there was a striking failure in building up national technological capability so that the country could grapple with the problems it faced.

Technological Change, Development and the Environment Socio-Economic Perspectives

Technological Change, Development and the Environment Socio-Economic Perspectives

Author: Clem Tisdell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Originally published in 1988, this book considers some of the major social, economic and environmental questions raised by the role of new technology in development. Throughout the discussions of issues like the sustainability of the development effected by new technology is supported by detailed case studies from countries such as India, Australia, New Zealand, China, Bangladesh and South Africa.

Metropolitan Organising Capacity Experiences with Organising Major Projects in European Cities

Metropolitan Organising Capacity Experiences with Organising Major Projects in European Cities

Author: Leo van den Berg, Erik Braun, Jan van der Meer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Published in 1997. The environment of cities has become increasingly competitive. Tradition location factors, that once tied economic activities firmly to particular areas have become less important. Increasingly the ability of a city to anticipate, respond to and cope with internal and external changes is getting attention. Organizing capacity of cities, or of metropolitan regions is becoming indispensible for sustainable economic and social development. The authors have carried out investigations into eight European cities to increase the insight into the practice of organizing capacity. The analysis of the development and implementation of 15 revitalization projects in these cities shows that organizing capacity calls for a new style of entrepreneurial urban management with public and private networking, leadership, long term strategies and organizing political and public support as key concepts.

Sustainable Development of the North Atlantic Margin Selected Contributions to the Thirteenth International Seminar on Marginal Regions

Sustainable Development of the North Atlantic Margin Selected Contributions to the Thirteenth International Seminar on Marginal Regions

Author: Reginald Byron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1997, this timely collection of papers takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining sustainable development in a wide range of countries such as Ireland, Norway and Wales on the North Atlantic Margin. It features specialists in geography, social anthropology, tourism, sociology, regional studies, business, municipality studies, health policy and the rural economy. The contributors argue that a free marketplace and natural-resource sustainability are not always incompatible for green policies to be successful.

The Dynamics of Innovative Regions The GREMI Approach

The Dynamics of Innovative Regions The GREMI Approach

Author: Remigio Ratti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1997, this volume originates from the fourth cycle of GREMI (Groupe de Recherche Europeen sur les Milieux Innovateurs) research, focusing on territorial innovative processes and the competitive advantages of the complex socio-economic fabric of milieu innovateurs. The book is divided into three parts. The first, written by the editors, deals specifically with the multi-faced dimensions of local development, placing particular emphasis on the role of territory in producing/reproducing learning processes, tacit/codified knowledge storage and government structures. The second part reports different case studies and their theoretical systematisation, carried out with the same methodology by some ten equipes working in ten different European countries. The last part is devoted to a more general view on the structural adjustment dynamics of innovative milieu, raising useful questions of strategy and policy.