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Doing Development Differently: Regional Development on the Atlantic Periphery

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There is longstanding public, academic and governmental recognition that regionalism is important in defining a nation and there is an awareness that socio-economically healthy regions are vital to the national well-being of the broader state. Yet all countries possess regional socio-economic disparities of greater or lesser degrees.

This collection of 17 articles by scholars and practitioners from Ireland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, documents interventions that address regional disparity by challenging established patterns and seeking to build community capacity. Participatory democracy, the values of localism, small group dynamics, co-operativism, grass-roots activism and decision-making that flows “bottom-up,” are slowly informing public policy initiatives on both sides of Atlantic.

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