Introduction to Regional Economic Development
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Introduction to Regional Economic Development

Major Theories and Basic Analytical Tools

Mustafa Dinc

This is a relatively simple and easy to read introduction of major regional and local economic development theories, their theoretical evolution and other relevant topics such as governance, institutions and local leadership within the globalization context. It also discusses some basic analytical tools and provides a template for them in an easy to use MS Excel spreadsheet application. It introduces conflict management procedures into regional development process and provides a regional decision support framework.
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Chapter 4: Conflict management in regional development

Mustafa Dinc


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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