Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Towards a more transformative community economic development
by Earle, Emily Elizabeth, M.A., Tufts University, 2012, 116; 1520231
Abstract (Summary)

This collaborative thesis is presented in two parts. Co-authored by Ian Adelman and Emily Earle, Part I introduces the challenges facing the field of community economic development including limited organizational and theoretical alternatives and the constraints of a neoliberal economic context. These challenges are then considered within a multidimensional framework to understand and differentiate between approaches to community economic development. We find that fully transformative community economic development is rare, yet many approaches have transformative dimensions. A possible way forward is to use this framework to strategically align multiple approaches that in sum may lead to a more transformative community economic development. Authored by Emily Earle, Part II examines early initiatives in the Bronx, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts, where conveners are attempting to achieve a more transformative community economic development through the establishment of cooperative business networks rooted in the strengths and needs of local economies. These initiatives are considered in comparison to one another and within the multidimensional framework presented in Part I.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loh, Penn
Commitee: Jennings, James
School: Tufts University
Department: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Economics, Sustainability, Urban planning
Keywords: Bronx, Collaborative, Community economic development, Cooperative networks, Springfield, Transformative
Publication Number: 1520231
ISBN: 978-1-267-68406-6
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