Developmental Local Governance

A Critical Discourse in ‘Alternative Development’

  • Eris D. Schoburgh
  • John Martin
  • Sonia Gatchair

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Eris D. Schoburgh, John Martin, Sonia Gatchair
    Pages 1-11
  3. Eris D. Schoburgh, Bhaskar Chakrabarti
    Pages 24-50
  4. Eris D. Schoburgh, John Martin
    Pages 227-243
  5. Eris D. Schoburgh, Sonia Gatchair, John Martin
    Pages 244-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book


The primary purpose of this edited collection is to evaluate critically the relationship between local government and national economic development. It focuses on how the relationship between local government and development is structured, and the specific institutional arrangements at national and subnational levels that might facilitate local government's assumption of the role of development agent. In light of the contradictory outcomes of development and implied experimentation with new modalities, post-development discourse provides a useful explanatory framework for the book. Schoburgh, Martin and Gatchair's central argument is that the pursuit of national developmental goals is given a sustainable foundation when development planning and strategies take into account elements that have the potential to determine the rate of social transformation. Their emphasis on localism establishes a clear link between local government and local economic development in the context of developing countries.


Developmental local government developmental local governance local economic development post-development neo-liberalism developing countries governance government sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Eris D. Schoburgh
    • 1
  • John Martin
    • 2
  • Sonia Gatchair
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West Indies (UWI)Jamaica
  2. 2.University of Technology Sydney (UTS)Australia
  3. 3.University of the West Indies (UWI)Jamaica

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