The Civic Culture of Local Economic Development

The Civic Culture of Local Economic Development

by Laura A. Reese, Raymond A. Rosenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761916903

ISBN-13: 9780761916901

Pub. Date: 10/03/2001

Publisher: SAGE Publications

"In this work, the authors argue that there are distinct local factors that shape the environment of economic development decision making. These factors, taken together, constitute a community's local civic culture. Using survey and case study data from U.S. and Canadian cities, the authors make the case that different cultures will produce different types of economic…  See more details below

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"In this work, the authors argue that there are distinct local factors that shape the environment of economic development decision making. These factors, taken together, constitute a community's local civic culture. Using survey and case study data from U.S. and Canadian cities, the authors make the case that different cultures will produce different types of economic development policies, and that local civic culture will affect the whole array of local policies." The focus on economic development policy provides a window on local decision making and allows for the development of a theory, introduced by the authors, about the role of local civic culture in framing local decisions of all types. This ultimately provides a theoretical vehicle for categorizing cities and predicting policy outcomes. The book concludes with an overview of what is known about the economic development process and highlights the questions raised about that knowledge by the analyses used here and the focus on civic cultures. New research questions are posed and new directions are raised for continued application of a local civic culture approach toward understanding urban policy processes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761916901
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/03/2001
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Local Civic Culture: The Missing Determinant?1
2Civic Culture and Theories of Local Governance17
3A Blended Methodological Approach51
4Quantitative Measures of Local Civic Culture77
5Modeling Local Economic Development Policy109
App. to Ch. 5The Environment of Local Economic Development138
6Categories of Local Civic Culture145
7The "Strong Mayor" Cases: Romulus and Coshocton183
8The Inclusive Cases: Oakville and Fairborn221
9The Active-Elite Cases: Cadillac, Kettering, and Gloucester263
10The Passive-Elite Cases: Cornwall and Allen Park305
11Comparing Categories of Civic Culture: Linking the Methodologies341
12The Civic Culture of Local Economic Development: Considering Past and Future Research371
References391
Index399
About the Authors407

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