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Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies

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  • Riccardo Crescenzi

    () (London School of Economics)

  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

    () (IMDEA Social Sciences Institute)

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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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  • Riccardo Crescenzi & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2011. "Reconciling top-down and bottom-up development policies," Working Papers 2011-03, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
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    1. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Eduardo I. Palavicini-Corona, 2012. "Does local economic development really work? Assessing LED across Mexican municipalities," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1224, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Nov 2012.
    2. Riccardo Crescenzi & Mara Giua, 2018. "One or Many Cohesion Policies of the European Union? On the Diverging Impacts of Cohesion Policy across Member States," SERC Discussion Papers 0230, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
    3. Eduardo Ivan Palavicini-Corona, 2015. "Institutional context for local economic development in Mexico, 1990-2015. A need for change?," ERSA conference papers ersa15p180, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Riccardo Crescenzi & Mara Giua, 2016. "The EU Cohesion Policy in context: Does a bottom-up approach work in all regions?," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 48(11), pages 2340-2357, November.
    5. Crescenzi, Riccardo & Gagliardi, Luisa & Orrù, Enrico, 2016. "Learning mobility grants and skill (mis)matching in the labour market: the case of the 'Master and Back' programme," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 87608, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    6. Argentino Pessoa, 2014. "Smart Specialisation in the EU: Is it a Bridge between Innovation and Cohesion?," ERSA conference papers ersa14p989, European Regional Science Association.
    7. Riccardo Crescenzi & Mara Giua, 2016. "Eu Cohesion Policy In Context: Does A Bottom-Up Approach Work In All Regions?," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0206, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
    8. Igone Porto & Jose Ramón Otegi, 2014. "ROSIS: A Regional Open Sectoral Innovation System," ERSA conference papers ersa14p389, European Regional Science Association.
    9. Argentino Pessoa, 2016. "Rectracted: Smart specialization in the EU: RIS3 conditionality, innovation and cohesion," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 95(2), pages 439-439, June.
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    11. Riccardo Crescenzi & Mara Giua, 2014. "The EU Cohesion policy in context: regional growth and the influence of agricultural and rural development policies," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 85, European Institute, LSE.

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    development policies; top-down; bottom-up; integrated framework;

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    • N0 - Economic History - - General

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