Regional Development Revisited (bilingual)

Donald J. Savoie

244 pages
ISBN 088659-026-4

When reading this book, the reader will realize that, despite the apparently wide range of subject matter covered, it constitutes an integrated system of thought, written by a highly systematic thinker. Although there are connecting themes, the subject matter is too varied to permit a short summary. However, to single out some of the leitmotifs, perhaps the most powerful one is that regional development, and policy to promote it, are simple facts of life in Canada. Another major theme is that designing and implementing effective regional policy is easier in countries with unitary constitutions. A third one is that federal bureaucracies are too big, and should be streamlined. Finally, constitutional reform is necessary for national unity, and national unit is necessary for lasting constitutional reform.

Table of Contents
1. The Toppling of DREE and Prospects for Regional Economic Development
2. Cash Incentives Versus Tax Incentives for Regional Development: Issues and Considerations
3. Courchene and Regional Development: Beyond the Neo-Classical Approach
4. Organizing Government for Regional Development
5. Le programme fédéral de décentralisation : un réexamen
6. Politicians and Approaches to Regional Development: The Canadian Experience
7. Implantation d’une nouvelle organisation en matière de développement économique
8. Competitive Federalism: The Case of Direct Delivery of Federal Programs
9. La bureaucratie représentative : une perspective régionale
10. Rural Redevelopment in Canada: The Case of Northeast New Brunswick
11. Establishing the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

About the Author: Donald Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance (Tier 1) at the Université de Moncton. He has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Donner Prize for What Is Government Good At? He has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1993), elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1992), and received seven honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.

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