Institute for Local Self-Government published a book entitled: 'Contemporary Drivers of Local Development' edited by Péter Futó. This book was born from the joint effort of the professors and researchers of a university course on Comparative Local Development. It contains 25 articles on social, economic and institutional factors of Local Development, highlighting drivers of the development of settlements and regions in urban and rural spaces. The book has been organized according to the genre of the contributions as follows.
- Conceptual framework, theory, and measurement. This chapter contains articles designing conceptual frameworks, identifying theories, setting up models, measuring statistical indicators and using these instruments for investigating spatial economic processes.
- Legal and institutional arrangement. The added value of the articles in this chapter lies predominantly in their contribution to understanding the legal and institutional arrangements of implementing local democracy, granting equal opportunities to minorities, and providing local services by public and private stakeholders.
- Sectoral and spatial analyses. The papers of this chapter are meso-economic empirical studies investigating the development trajectories of certain geographic areas and highlighting the development patterns of certain sectoral activities that generate urban and rural change.
- Innovative policy interventions, plans, and initiatives. The papers in this chapter describe innovative combinations of policy areas and policy instruments that have been tested in real-life situations of aid policy.
- Evaluations of projects and programs. The papers in this chapter formulate evaluation questions, apply evaluation criteria, form opinions about the evaluated development programs, and identify the lessons learned.
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