The Political Economy of Rural Development: Modernisation Without Centralisation?

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Eburon Uitgeverij B.V., 2006 - Business & Economics - 133 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Out of Poverty
15
Lessons From 12 Years of Planning in North Norway
25
Let Us Now Praise Dragging Feet
33
Local and Political Conditions for the Maintenance of Marginal Communities
43
Phases in the Development of North Norwegian Settlement Structure
53
Five Attempts at Planning the Development of North Norway
61
The Crisis of Community
73
Arctic Agriculture
83
Full Employment and the Buffer Function
91
Closing the Commons Means Ruin to All
101
The Role of Imported Labour in Agribusiness
115
Avoiding Unwanted Futures
123
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About the author (2006)

Ottar Brox was a member of the Norwegian Parliament for four years, is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and has been a visiting researcher and professor at numerous universities over his four-decade career, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Stanford.

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