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Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies

  • Riccardo Crescenzi


    (London School of Economics)

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose


    (IMDEA Social Sciences Institute)

Top-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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Paper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2011-03.

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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
Handle: RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2011-03
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