Economics for CED Practitioners

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Organization: 
Manitoba Research Alliance on CED in the New Economy
Author: 
John Loxley and Laura Lamb

This report addresses the lack of theory surrounding CED. One of the difficulties in theorizing about CED is the eclectic nature of its definition. To some, CED covers any economic development initiative, be it private, public or community driven, taking place within some definition of ‘community’, usually a geographic one. On this view, there is no necessary inconsistency between orthodox economics and CED. On more demanding definitions of CED which are coming to dominate the literature, more radical departures from the orthodoxy seem called for. These define CED as a social process in terms of decision taking; they replace the individual ‘consumer’ with the collective community; they see the meeting of collective ‘needs’ taking precedence over the satisfaction of individual consumer ‘demands’; they take a long view of economic activities as opposed to that of short-term profit maximization and they see economic decisions as being inextricably linked to social, environmental, political and cultural considerations. This report explores several different philosophical and economic CED theories and strategies.

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Contents

Introduction
CED as a Challenge to Economic Orthodoxy
Export base approaches
Convergence or Community Based Economic Development
Other CED Strategies
The Role of Subsidies in CED
Summary and Conclusion
Bibliography

Year: 
2005
Format: 
Research report
Categories: 
Conceptual Frameworks & Approaches
Introduction to CED
Research & Development
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