The focus on economic development policy provides a window on local decision-making and allows for the development of a theory, introduced by the authors, about the role of local civic culture in framing local decisions of all types. This ultimately provides a theoretical vehicle for categorizing cities and predicting policy outcomes. The book concludes with an overview of what is known about the economic development process and highlights the questions raised about that knowledge by the analyses used here and the focus on civic cultures. New research questions are posed and new directions raised for continued application of a local civic culture approach toward understanding urban policy processes.
|The Missing Determinant?|
|Rumulus and Coshocton|
|Oakville and Fairborn|
|Cadillac, Kettering, Gloucester|
|Cornwall and Allen Park|
|Linking the Methodologies|
|Considering Past and Future Research|