Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies
AbstractTop-down and bottom up development policies have been generally sold as two irreconcilable ends of the development intervention spectrum. Top-down policies, solidly based in micro- and macroeconomic theories, but lacking the adequate flexibility and ‘place-awareness’ to respond to local complexity; bottom-up approaches much more responsive to diverse territorial needs, but devoid of a clear conceptual framework. In this paper we aim to show that this division need not remain still and that the foundations of top-down and bottom-up development policies can be reconciled in a joint 'meso-level' conceptual framework which can serve simultaneously as a deductive justification for bottom-up local and regional development policies and as a coordination device between different policies.
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Date of creation: 05 Jan 2011
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Publication status: Published in Environment and Planning A 43(4), April 2011: 773-780
development policies; top-down; bottom-up; integrated framework;
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- Riccardo Crescenzi & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2011. "Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 43(4), pages 773-780, April.
- Riccardo Crescenzi & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2011. "Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 30804, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
- N0 - Economic History - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2011-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2011-01-23 (Development)
- NEP-GEO-2011-01-23 (Economic Geography)
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