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The Political Economy of Rural Development

Modernization without Centralization?

The Political Economy of Rural Development argues for a new analysis of rural economic growth patterns, based on research the author conducted in Scandinavia. Ottar Brox reverses a long-standing conviction in urban planning theory by asserting that improving the economic opportunities for individuals in rural areas is an indirect investment in urban hubs. Peasant resistance, he reveals, is the logical result of urban neglect of local interests. The Political Economy of Rural Development is a convincing argument for new, localized economic strategies and will be invaluable to those interested in rural planning and economics.

192 pages | 6 1/3 x 9 1/2 | © 2006

Economics and Business: Economics--General Theory and Principles

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Table of Contents

Introduction by John Bryden and Robert Storey
1.  Out of Poverty
2.  Lessons From 12 Years of Planning in North Norway
3.  Let Us Now Praise Dragging Feet!
4.  Local and Political Conditions for the Maintenance of Marginal Communities
5.  Phases in the Development of North Norwegian Settlement Structure
6.  Five Attempts at Planning the Development of North Norway
7.  The Crisis of Community
8.  Arctic Agriculture
9.  Full Employment and the Buffer Function
10.  Closing the Commons Means Ruin to All!
11.  The Role of Imported Labour in Agribusiness
12.  Avoiding Unwanted Futures

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