The Life Region

Author: Per Raberg
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113472439X
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This book launches a strategy for sustainable development, starting from a socio-ecological position and developing a model for a socially and culturally supportive community, or 'Life Region'. Special emphasis is placed on the situation of the provincial and peripheral regions of Europe and the world, and the introduction of self-reliant civic strategies in national and international politics.

Information Technology Development And Social Change

Author: Fay Patel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113632612X
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The speed and cost effectiveness of new information technology has prompted many to view these innovations as a panacea for social and economic development. However, such a view flies in the face of continuing inequities in education, health, food, and infrastructure. This volume explores these issues – along with questions of access, privilege, literacy, training, and the environmental and health effects of information technologies in the developing world – arguing that a higher level of development does not always result from a higher level of technologization.

Dislocation And Resettlement In Development

Author: Anjan Chakrabarti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135255938
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Challenging the more conventional approaches to dislocation and resettlement that are the usual focus of discussion on the topic, this book offers a unique theory of dislocation in the form of primitive accumulation. Interrogating the ‘reformist-managerial’ and ‘radical-movementist’ approaches, it historicizes and politicizes the event of dislocation as a moment to usher in capitalism through the medium of development. Such a framework offers alternative avenues to rethinking dislocation and resettlement, and indeed the very idea of development. Arguing that dislocation should not be seen as a necessary step towards achieving progress - as it is claimed in the development discourse - the authors show that dislocation emerges as a socio-political constituent of constructing capitalism. This book will be of interest to academics working on Development Studies, especially on issues relating to the political economy of development and globalization.

World Bank And Urban Development

Author: Edward Ramsamy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113428697X
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As one of the world’s most powerful supranational institutions, the World Bank has played an important role in international development discourse and practice since 1946. This is the first book-length history and analysis of the Bank’s urban programs and their complex relationship to urban policy formulation in the developing world. Through extensive primary research, the book examines four major themes: the political and economic forces that propelled the reluctant World Bank to finally embrace urban programs in the 1970s how the Bank fashioned its general ideology of development into specific urban projects trends and transitions within the Bank’s urban agenda from its inception to the present the World Bank’s historic and contemporary role in the complex interaction between global, national, and local forces that shape the urban agendas of developing countries. The book also examines how protests from NGOs and civic movements, in the context of globalization and neo-liberalism, have influenced the World Bank policies from the 1990s to the present. The institution’s attempts to restructure and legitimate itself, in light of shifting geo-political and intellectual contexts, are considered throughout.

Life Cycle Approaches To Sustainable Regional Development

Author: Stefania Massari
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317378539
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Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development explains the ways life cycle methodologies and tools can be used to strengthen regional socio-economic planning and development in a more sustainable manner. The book advocates the adoption of systematic and long-term criteria for development decision-making, taking into account the full life cycle of materials and projects. It describes life cycle practices from both a scientific and a practitioner point of view, highlighting examples and case studies at regional level. The applications are relevant to key economic sectors, as well as for internal planning and administrative procedures. It concludes with a synthesis chapter that distills the key messages from the authors into practical guidance points on how best to use such approaches to enhance sustainability in regional development. The book is essential reading for regional and urban planners who are integrating life cycle thinking into their policy regimes, as well as for researchers working to further evolve life cycle methodologies.

Understanding The Social Dimension Of Sustainability

Author: Jesse Dillard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135924937
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The imperative of the twenty-first century is sustainability: to raise the living standards of the world's poor and to achieve and maintain high levels of social health among the affluent nations while simultaneously reducing and reversing the environmental damage wrought by human activity. Scholars and practitioners are making progress toward environmental and economic sustainability, but we have very little understanding of the social dimension of sustainability. This volume is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary effort to identify the key elements of social sustainability through an examination of what motivates its pursuit and the conditions that promote or detract from its achievement. Included are theoretical and empirical pieces; examination of international and local efforts; discussions highlighting experiences in both the developing and industrialized nations; and a substantial focus on business practices. Contributors are grounded in sociology, economics, business administration, public administration, public health, geography, education and natural resource management.

Towards Sustainable Rural Regions In Europe

Author: John M. Bryden
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136829091
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This book deals with an important contemporary policy issue: how best to ensure that an agriculturally-based policy can contribute to the development of rural regions.

Global Trends And Regional Development

Author: Nikolai Genov
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136633472
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For millennia, contact between societies was limited to trade or wars, a situation that changed profoundly with the development of global markets serving industrialization. The outcome was the emergence of one global human civilization, and one common future that will depend on the capacity of individuals and societies to manage the potentials for social development. This edited collection is dedicated to the discussion of four global trends: upgrading the rationality of organizations, individualization, the spreading of instrumental activism and universalization of value-normative systems. The mutual influence of these interrelated trends brings about both constructive and destructive effects in social life, social integration and change. Contributors examine questions such as: How do global trends pave their way in regions? What are the similarities and differences of regional development? How do agencies cope with the challenges of global trends in regional development?

Area Studies Regional Sustainable Development Review Japan

Author: Yukio Himiyama
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 1848261705
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Area Studies - Regional Sustainable Development Review: Japan is a component of Encyclopedia of Area Studies - Regional Sustainable Development Review in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. This volume on Area Studies - Regional Sustainable Development Review: Japan reviews initiatives and activities towards sustainable development in Japan such as: Perspectives on Sustainable Development in Japan; Changing Consumption Patterns in Japan; Demographic Dynamics in Japan; Protection and Promotion of Human Health in Japan; Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development; Environmentally Sound Management of Biotechnology in Japan; Protection of Oceans and Their Living Resources-Japan; Soil And Groundwater Contamination And Remediation In Japan; Education, Public Awareness and Training; National Mechanisms and International Cooperation for Capacity Building - Japan; International Legal Instruments and Mechanisms in Japan; Information for Decision Making; Forestry Principles in Japan; Agreements: Rio Declaration; Global Forum NGO Treaties: Linking Japan to the World; The View of Nature in Japanese Literature; Towards A Sustainable Civilization and Society: A Socio-cultural Ecological Perspective from Japan; Future Scenarios: Predicting Our Environmental Future. Although these presentations are with specific reference to Japan, they provide potentially useful lessons for other regions as well. This volume is aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Protecting Biological Diversity

Author: Carmen Richerzhagen
ISBN: 9780415872249
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During the last ten years the enormous global loss of biodiversity has received remarkable attention. Among the numerous approaches undertaken to stop or lessen this process, access and benefit-sharing (ABS), a market-based approach, has emerged as among the most prominent. In theory, ABS turns biodiversity and genetic resources from an open access good to a private good and creates a market for genetic resources. It internalizes the resourcesâe(tm) positive externalities by pricing the commercial values for research and development and makes users pay for it. Usersâe(tm) benefits are shared with the resource holders and set incentives for the sustainable use and the conservation of biodiversity. Carmen Richerzhagen, however, finds that in practice there are significant questions about the effectiveness of the approach in the protection of biodiversity and about the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the commercialization. Utilizing the empirical findings of three case studies of biodiversity-providing countries - Costa Rica, the Philippines and Ethiopia - and one case study of a community of user countries, the European Union (EU), Richerzhagen examines the effectiveness of ABS through the realization of its own objectives.