Remote Control

Governance Lessons for and from Small, Insular, and Remote Regions

Godfrey Baldacchino (Editor), Robert Greenwood (Editor), Lawrence Felt (Editor) 

How does one transform small size and relative isolation into a powerful combination for sustainable growth and prosperity?

Some islands and rural regions have already done so. Winning tools and strategies deployed by these middle-level governance structures include: 'scaling up' of municipal units; developing tourist and computer-driven industries; engaging strategically with their diaspora; branding niche products and services; facilitating 'boutique', small-scale manufacturing; limiting local firm rivalry; and, overall, deploying a creative 'resourcefulness of jurisdiction'.

The papers in this collection flesh out these tools and strategies. They do so by unpacking and challenging received wisdom; charting out the parameters of effective government; teasing in the critical role of empowered local communities and the engagement of civil society with the multiple levels of decision-making of the state.

The book's message emphasizes a proactive, creative, and assertive approach to governance; one that aims to instill a sense of efficacy to achieve remote control.

ISERBooks. Softcover. Published in 2009. 328 pages. ISBN 978-1-894725-08-8.

$29.95 CAD

Subjects: Atlantic CanadaBureaucracy and PolicyEuropean StudiesGeographyIndigenous StudiesMaritime StudiesNewfoundland and Labrador StudiesSociology