Critical Evaluations of Economic Development Policies

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The values that shape present-day economic development policies are often not plainly expressed. Critical Evaluations of Economic Development Policies shows how the use of nontraditional methods of evaluation can foreground the values that inform public policy and determine whether or not those values and the policies that arise from them are in the best interests of the community that adopts them. The methodology defined in this book not only provides means for judging the success or failure of economic development programs, but also offers tactics for judging how well policies address needs according to a community's own value system.

The essays in Critical Evaluations of Economic Development Policies establish critical models, illustrate how such models may be applied, and show how evaluations of a single program made from the perspectives of differing value systems lead to different conclusions about the success or failure of the program. In doing so, these essays demonstrate the crucial importance of continuing dialogue between those who make policies and those who assess them. This dynamic collection proposes to stimulate discussion among scholars, developers, and urban administrators to build awareness of the ways to foster completely informed policies and evaluate their outcomes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814329009
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura A. Reese is a professor in the urban planning program at Wayne State University.

David Fasenfest is associate professor of urban affairs in the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University and senior research fellow at the Douglas Fraser Center for Workplace Issues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Planning for a change : an assessment of EDA's local planning initiatives 21
2 Do the ends justify the means? : Frost, Machiavelli, and distributive outcomes for local economic development 55
3 The local public balance sheet : an alternative evaluation methodology for local economic development 77
4 A review of alternative economic base study methods for community economic development 101
5 Can evaluation for empowerment be applied to economic development in empowerment zones? 114
6 Evaluating the welfare outcomes of local economic development programs : a job-chains approach 130
7 Regional economic modeling and the study of distributional issues 144
References 173
Notes on contributors 195
Index 199
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