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.