The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness

September 29, 2015

Since its inception after World War II, the practice of local and regional economic development has been largely divorced from national economic development policies, writes Rob Atkinson in a chapter of the edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. This is in part because the former was focused on addressing regional problems in what was assumed to be a healthy national economy. But as the U.S. economy has suffered from serious structural decline, this relationship can no longer be taken as a given. In this climate, it is time to more effectively link national and local economic development efforts if both are to be successful.