Promoting local economic development: a review of City Summit best practices

Thelma Castillo Manuel

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Using thirty-two case studies from developing and industrialized countries, this paper classifies the innovative strategies undertaken by local governments to promote economic development according to the following areas of concern: (a) institutional framework for the promotion of local economic development (LED), (b) type of LED strategy, and (c) administrative reforms. Based on these classifications, the role of local government is discerned as being more in the category of a mediator - i.e., stimulator, facilitator, coordinator, - than being directly a producer of jobs and investments. The cases used in this study are taken from the UNCHS-developed Best Practice Initiatives database which is seen to be a very powerful source of information since it reveals global preferences for the best approaches to address local concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages78
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

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