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REMOTE CONTROL: Governance Lessons for and from Small, Insular, and Remote Regions

How does one transform small size and relative isolation into a powerful combination for sustainable growth and prosperity?

Some islands and rural regions have already done so. Winning tools and strategies deployed by these middle-level governance structures include: 'scaling up' of municipal units; developing tourist and computer-driven industries; engaging strategically with their diaspora; branding niche products and services; facilitating 'boutique', small-scale manufacturing; limiting local firm rivalry; and, overall, deploying a creative 'resourcefulness of jurisdiction'. The papers in this collection flesh out these tools and strategies. They do so by unpacking and challenging received wisdom; charting out the parameters of effective government; teasing in the critical role of empowered local communities and the engagement of civil society with the multiple levels of decision-making of the state. The book's message emphasizes a proactive, creative, and assertive approach to governance; one that aims to instill a sense of effficiacy to acheive remote control.

The Editors:
GODFREY BALDACCHINO is Canada Research Chair in Island Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Price Edward Island, Canada;
ROB GREENWOOD is Director of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada;
LAWRENCE FELT is Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

2009 ISBN: 978-1-894725-08-8, 318 pp., $29.95 softcover
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