John Friedmann

  • Regional Policy

    Regional Policy

    Readings in Theory and Applications

    John Friedmann and William Alonso

    Revised edition of Regional Development and Planning: A ReaderSince 1964, when Regional Development and Planning: A Reader was first published, the book has become established as perhaps the most useful collection of source material in its field, and it has served as the basis of numerous courses in regional studies and economic development. Encouraged by this reception, its editors have prepared this revised edition, meant to replace the earlier work.The editors have searched the literature with care and selected those contributions that will give the student a firm understanding of the fundamentals and the recent developments of the subject, broadly defined.The first four parts of the book present readings on the concepts of space and development (broken down into sections on location and spatial structure, spatial systems in economic development, and growth in subnational regions), the role of cities in national development, issues in regional planning. Part V consists of a bibliographical essay detailing the progress of a decade in regional development planning.

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    • Paperback $80.00
  • Regional Development Policy

    A Case Study of Venezuela

    John Friedmann

    This book is the first such study to emerge. Working with the Joint Center for Urban Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, which was called upon to advise the Venezuelan government and the Corporación Venezolana de Guayana, Mr. Friedmann has been an active participant in the Ciudad Guayana enterprise, as well as its student.

    But this work aims at – and achieves – an overview of a much broader field: the regional development of emerging nations and the integration of regional economies with over-all national goals. Indeed, Part I is devoted to an elaboration of analytic methods which attain a high degree of generality, but which are especially useful in planning the transformation of a capital-hinterlands structure into a more complex network of regional cores tied to one another in economic equilibrium by a carefully developed spatial organization and resource optimization. In seeking to “incorporate the dimension of space into a discussion of the strategy for national development,” Mr. Friedmann develops a kind of “national geometry” whose elements consist of development areas, cores, growth points, and connecting corridors. This approach is enhanced by a considerable use of maps for the analysis and simulation of conditions and the synthesis of possibilities. These topographic-demographic concerns are, of course, related to the social and economic factors of development.

    Part II treats Eastern Venezuela, and Ciudad Guayana in particular, as a special case in the application of these principles. After examining the reginal pattern of Venezuelan socioeconomic development from precolonial times to present, the author considers the need and prospects for industrial diversification and the penetration of the backlands. He rehearses the brief history of Ciudad Guayana, describes the two-way relation between the region's economy and the national economic aims, and offers projections into the twenty-first century.

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  • Regional Development and Planning

    Regional Development and Planning

    A Reader

    John Friedmann and William Alonso

    Writings on regional development and planning are widely scattered in social science literature and government publications. This volume makes available for the first time in one place, and in an orderly and logical manner, the major contributions to regional growth theory and planning.

    The volume considers the basic question of national policy for regional economic development. To this end, a large number of topics are considered, including: location theory, theory of spatial organization, the role of resources and migration in regional development, problems of peripheral rural areas, the definition of regions, the concept of planning regions, objectives and measures of regional development, regional investment criteria, and institutional aspects of regional development planning. An introduction summarizes the basic concepts in the field and focuses attention on the major policy questions. Shorter introductions relate individual contributions to each other and to the major issues they illuminate. A comprehensive annotated bibliography of nearly 200 titles is included.

    Intended for students of economic development, economic geography, regional science, and city and regional planning; for practitioners in these fields; and for foreign aid officials.

    • Hardcover $15.00