ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

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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 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 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...

Thesis

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

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

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...

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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

The purpose of this research is to compare the quality of life of North Carolina's urban and rural counties based on traditional measurable variables, and to analyze how regional development has enhanced both quality of life and economic development in both urban and rural counties....

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1 Jan 2011

This dissertation examines state-society relationships in Turkey through the lens of efforts to promote sustainable development at the local level. To this end, it first lays out a theoretical framework to analyze the political economy of local sustainable development, for which purpose the Gramscian state...

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1 Jan 2011

This study evaluates and describes the effects of growth management policies, established by the city of Boulder, Colorado, for the city and the surrounding region. A variety of techniques contribute to this evaluation, including remote sensing analysis of land-use change for the region, mapping of...

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1 Jan 2011

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners designed to promote conservation of groundwater, topsoil, wildlife, and environmental preservation. CRP benefit, from a programmatic standpoint, is well documented in the academic literature. Less understood, however, is how individual program participants benefit...

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1 Jan 2011

The purpose of this qualitative study was to construct a substantive theory with a core category and related categories that provides an explanation for how presidents of tribal colleges and community colleges in rural areas come to understand economic development and how they act on...

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1 Jan 2011

This study examines the ways in which comprehensive universities seek to contribute to and engage with their cities and regions. By studying three regional comprehensive universities, it uncovers the ways in which leaders and others on campus envision the role of the university in contributing...

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1 Jan 2011

This thesis is an investigation of the value of social learning as a process that facilitates collaborative ecosystem approaches to planning with the intent of reducing risk to human health. More specifically, it examines the value of social learning in a planning process designed to...