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Local development initiatives in metropolitan areas' suburban municipalities: a comparative case-study between Amadora (Lisbon-PT) and Diadema (São Paulo-BR)


  • Marques, Bruno Pereira
  • Carvalho, Rui


Amadora and Diadema are two small-sized but densely populated suburban municipalities, territorially contiguous to the metropolises of Lisbon (PT) and São Paulo (BR). In spite of their geographic and socio-economic specificities they both present common and important social exclusion (e.g. housing, unemployment) problems. This paper critically compares the local development initiatives put into practice in these two contexts, evaluating how multiple territorial actors (e.g. political institutions, financial and business associations, NGO’s, civic movements) interact and establish partnerships directed to minimize some of the previously identified issues thus promoting these municipalities’ populations socio-economic development.

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  • Marques, Bruno Pereira & Carvalho, Rui, 2010. "Local development initiatives in metropolitan areas' suburban municipalities: a comparative case-study between Amadora (Lisbon-PT) and Diadema (São Paulo-BR)," MPRA Paper 37448, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37448

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    1. Marques, Bruno Pereira, 2012. "Territorial Strategic Planning as a support instrument for Regional and Local Development : a comparative analysis between Lisbon and Barcelona metropolitan areas - a first approach," MPRA Paper 44536, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Local Development; Endogenous Development; Community-based Development; Social Exclusion; Amadora (Lisbon-PT); Diadema (São Paulo-BR);

    JEL classification:

    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis


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