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Developmental Local Governance

A Critical Discourse in ‘Alternative Development’

  • Eris D. Schoburgh
  • John Martin
  • Sonia Gatchair

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Eris D. Schoburgh, John Martin, Sonia Gatchair
    Pages 1-11
  3. Eris D. Schoburgh, Bhaskar Chakrabarti
    Pages 24-50
  4. Eris D. Schoburgh, John Martin
    Pages 227-243
  5. Eris D. Schoburgh, Sonia Gatchair, John Martin
    Pages 244-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book


The primary purpose of this edited collection is to evaluate critically the relationship between local government and national economic development. It focuses on how the relationship between local government and development is structured, and the specific institutional arrangements at national and subnational levels that might facilitate local government's assumption of the role of development agent. In light of the contradictory outcomes of development and implied experimentation with new modalities, post-development discourse provides a useful explanatory framework for the book. Schoburgh, Martin and Gatchair's central argument is that the pursuit of national developmental goals is given a sustainable foundation when development planning and strategies take into account elements that have the potential to determine the rate of social transformation. Their emphasis on localism establishes a clear link between local government and local economic development in the context of developing countries.


Developmental local government developmental local governance local economic development post-development neo-liberalism developing countries governance government sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Eris D. Schoburgh
    • 1
  • John Martin
    • 2
  • Sonia Gatchair
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West Indies (UWI)Jamaica
  2. 2.University of Technology Sydney (UTS)Australia
  3. 3.University of the West Indies (UWI)Jamaica

About the editors

Eris D. Schoburgh, University of the West Indies, Jamaica John Martin, La Trobe University, Australia Sonia Gatchair, University of the West Indies, Jamaica Bhaskar Chakrabarti, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India Paul Hildreth, Visiting Policy Fellow, University of Salford, UK P. S. Reddy, University Of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa Muhammad Kabir ISA, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria Akeeta Ali, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Rebecca Gookool, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Roger Hosein, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago Zenaida Moya, IMC Integral Management Consultancy, Belize

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"The central argument of this book is that local government and politics matter if sustainable development is going to take place. The cases and analysis support that argument. It makes an important contribution that should be widely read." - Gerry Stoker, University of Canberra, Australia, and University of Southampton, UK

"This publication on developmental local governance comes at a critical time when the international community, including the Caribbean, is about to adopt the post-2015 development agenda for 2015-30. There is a strong realisation that this new agenda has to be driven from the bottom-up, with a focus on localising the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs). Developmental local governance, and within this local government, will have a key role in helping to set, implement and monitor development goals and targets, as was highlighted at recent high level meetings of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. This book therefore makes a key contribution to the ongoing policy debate and will be extremely valuable to everyone, especially senior policy makers and academics, concerned with issues of global development and governance." - Carl Wright, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, UK