Developing Frontier Cities: Global Perspectives — Regional by Peter Nijkamp (auth.), Harvey Lithwick, Yehuda Gradus (eds.)

By Peter Nijkamp (auth.), Harvey Lithwick, Yehuda Gradus (eds.)

The distinctive Nature of Frontier towns and their improvement problem Harvey Lithwick and Yehuda Grad us the appearance of presidency downsizing, and globalization has ended in huge, immense com­ petitive pressures in addition to the hole of latest possibilities. How towns in distant frontier components may possibly take care of what for them may seem to be a devastating problem is the topic of this ebook. Our quandary is with frontier towns specifically. In our past examine, Frontiers in local improvement (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996), we tested the excellence among frontiers and peripheries. The phrases are frequently used interchangeably, yet we think that during truth, either in scholarly works and in renowned utilization, very varied connotations are conveyed by way of those thoughts. Frontiers evoke a robust optimistic photograph, of carefully settled territories, delivering demanding situations, experience, unspoiled traditional land­ scapes, and a special, and for plenty of an enticing way of life. Frontiers are lands of chance. Peripheries conjure up unfavourable photographs, of inaccessibility, insufficient companies and political and fiscal marginality. they're areas to flee from, instead of frontiers, that is have been humans get away to. Peripheries are locations of and for losers.

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The success story of the Third Italy is a good example of this new potential. Finally, from a micro (entrepreneurial) viewpoint, it is clear that regional development is often a matter of SMEs, of small-scale initiatives, but if they occur in large numbers they may add significantly to regional growth. Thus, the nurturing of existing (incumbent) business life and the creation of favorable incubation conditions for new business initiations is an important regional development task. , 1998). This would mean that regional policy would have to address both SME and multinational activities.

This is the meaning and the importance of'globalization' and 'decentralization' in relation to the future of metropolitan development. GLOBALIZATION AND THE METROPOLITAN ECONOMY Although difficult to define the now large academic literature on 'globalization' highlights three essential features-free trade, new technology and deregulation. , 1995; THE FRONTIER METROPOLIS 29 Knox & Taylor, 1995). The scale and the intensity of the impacts currently being experienced and expected to continue, raise problems such as the rapid expansion or decline of local industries, which demand an understanding of what is happening, why it is happening and what can be done in the sphere of public policy to either restrain or to encourage it.

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