Chapter 4: Conflict management in regional development
Conflict is quite an ordinary phenomenon and an integral part of daily life and could be quite helpful to create a productive force to promote social change and address social injustices. In fact, some conflicts may be instrumental in big economic and social changes. Given the complex and multidimensional aspects of local and regional economic development, by nature the entire process is about conflict management among different stakeholders. Yet, there is not much in the regional development literature on the subject. Therefore, a debate is needed to identify conflicting issues and parties in the regional economic development process and how to reconcile them in an efficient and effective manner. This chapter aims to initiate this debate by identifying and discussing conflicting issues in the regional economic development process and developing a framework for conflict management.
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