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Local Governance and the Drivers of Growth


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ISBN Number: 9264013296
Publication Date:
7 December 2005


Local Governance and the Drivers of Growth

Published by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development

Innovation, skills, entrepreneurship and social cohesion are key drivers of growth, and essential goals of effective economic development strategies. Each has a strong governance component, which requires real partnership between government, business and civil society for co-ordinating actions and adapting policies to local conditions. Improvement of local governance is therefore a prerequisite for optimising growth and competitiveness.
But what are the best governance mechanisms to fuel the drivers of growth? What is the role of central government in maximising their effectiveness?  What specific actions must cities carry out to become more competitive and spread prosperity? How can public services be managed in the most effective way to support local competitiveness in the age of globalisation and networking? How can partnerships generate more funding and deliver better results?
For this book, the OECD has brought together top world experts to translate policy lessons into concrete recommendations that will help policy makers and practitioners make the best governance decisions to stimulate growth.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1. The Drivers of Growth: Why Governance Matters by Sylvain Giguere
Chapter 2. The Instruments of Good Governance by Xavier Freffe
Chapter 3. Partnerships, Relationships, and Networks: Understanding Local Collaboration Strategies in Different Countries by Mark Considine
Chapter 4. Globalisation, New Public Services, Local Democracy: What's the Connection? by Charles F. Sabel
Chapter 5. Local Strategies in a Global Economy: Lessons from Competitive Cities by Michael Parkinson
Chapter 6. Financing Local Economic Development: Experiences in Europe and the United States by Randall W. Eberts
Chapter 7. The Design and Implementation of Local Development Strategies: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe by Scott Abrams and Fergus Murphy
Annex A. Authors' Biographical Notes

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