ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

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1 Jan 2012

This research investigates the relationship between municipal annexation and local government's financial condition. It addresses a significant gap in the literature by focusing on the roles of local government revenue structure and land use situations in affecting annexation's fiscal implications. The major research question is...

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1 Jan 2012

This dissertation discusses the relationship between the evolution of the political economy, the movements for social changeand attempts at alternative development in El Salvador. Since the 1970s, that country has experienced an exceptionally rich history of social and revolutionary movements, and interesting attempts to build...

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1 Jan 2012

Studies on policy adoption have hypothesized that growth management policies are adopted in response to growth and community socioeconomic status and under state intervention. However, mixed results from empirical studies suggest that varying political processes behind policy adoption may translate similar local status into different...

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1 Jan 2012

This dissertation explores three areas related to highway investment and answers three key questions: What effect does local and national political representation have on additions to highway capacity? What is the relationship between highway capacity and productivity at the county level? Does the highway regulatory...

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1 Jan 2012

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is a large, nearly intact ecosystem with significant protection that has often been considered an ideal location to examine coupled human-environment interactions due to the region's complex mosaic of private and public lands, competing natural resource uses, and rapid population...

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1 Jan 2011

Innovation has played an important role in the economic development of regions. It is believed that research collaboration between university and industry has a positive influence on regional growth and development. This research explores the role of university-industry collaboration in regional economic development at the...

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1 Jan 2011

Background. The closure of the North Atlantic cod fishery in 1992 has had devastating economic, social and health impacts on coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, considerable variability in adaptation has been noted between communities that were formally dependant on the fishery. Aim. This...

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1 Jan 2011

In an environment of globalization and rapid technological change, entrepreneurship and innovation have become important objectives of state, regional, and local economic development policy. Entrepreneurial focused economic development strategies target state and regional efforts towards policies--such as cluster development, business incubators, regional trade associations, and...

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1 Jan 2011

The aim of this research project is to examine the effectiveness of the structural funds in assisting the transition of the European Union (EU) toward sustainable development. Specifically, the study examines how cohesion policy has responded to the sustainable development imperative and to the requirement...

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1 Jan 2011

The theoretical discourse in development studies has struggled with how to integrate cultural practices into development programs in a prominent way. This thesis offers a rearticulation of culture as "cultural institutions" in order to apply conceptual renderings of culture to the more formalized literature concerning...

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1 Jan 2011

This work explores the social and ecological dimensions of recent biofuel production increases in the United States (US), focusing on the case of Iowa. Biofuels are proposed to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, improve US energy security, and support rural economies....

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1 Jan 2011

The rate of innovation from a region has become the litmus test for competitiveness in the globalized knowledge economy. Cross-industry occupational decomposition was used to determine industrial innovative capacity by four digit NAICS industry. The percentage employment in technology oriented occupations was calculated for each...

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1 Jan 2011

The first essay develops a typology that identifies the multiple pathways, functions and operations where innovation can occur in a firm's internal business cycle based upon the extant literature that includes both technological and non-technological activities. This is an important step toward developing a comprehensive...

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1 Jan 2011

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the infrastructure sector are agreements where private parties willingly agree to share responsibility with government agencies for (a subset of the following activities:) investment, finance, design, construction, renovation, maintenance, management, or operation of transportation facilities, e.g., roads, bridges, airports, parking facilities....

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1 Jan 2011

Land use change is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the global environment today. Rural residential housing is the fastest growing land use in the United States and poses challenges to land owners, planners, and conservationist who wish to preserve the environment. In this dissertation I...

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1 Jan 2011

Rural communities need to move beyond their market remoteness and limitations by engaging in innovation and entrepreneurship that will enhance rural economic growth and strength. Self-development efforts provide opportunities for remote regions to increase their entrepreneurship activities, strengthen the rural economy, and enhance social interaction....

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1 Jan 2011

Since the early 1990s, Saudi Arabia has placed great emphasis on political and administrative reforms in order to strengthen local authorities and create more opportunities for citizen participation in decision-making. Therefore, it is important to inquire to what extent the intended goals and objectives of...

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1 Jan 2011

With still-low development levels and relatively high risks from climatic impacts, the less developed world faces a greater challenge for future development than developed economies. Applying the science of complexity to study human-environment systems (CHES) and integrating ideas from climate change research into a larger...

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1 Jan 2011

Although Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina is a small municipality by population, it continues to be a recipient of substantial international assistance. Because of this and its contemporary history, it is a compelling case for a study of local economic development in transitional and post-conflict environments. Any potential...

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1 Jan 2011

Regional land use planning in the Yukon has a long and unfortunate history of failed efforts. Under Chapter 11 of the Yukon First Nations Umbrella Final Agreement, a new process for planning has been in place since 1993. Through qualitative, interview-based research, I explore possible...