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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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The Civics of Economic Restructuring

The Civics of Economic Restructuring

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Democracy as Problem Solving

Souza Briggs

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This chapter examines three different perspectives on economic restructuring as a civic or public problem for local democracy. These models view economic restructuring as either a problem for government decision-makers, a problem of public–private partnership, or a problem of cultivating innovative ideas, perspectives which also help in identifying problems that need to be solved by public, private, and nongovernmental sectors in the process of restructuring. The barriers and decisions faced by different stakeholders while mobilizing resources for the transformation of a local economy are also discussed. The chapter emphasizes that partnerships and cooperative networks are needed for transforming a local economy, as the problems and challenges associated with this kind of economic restructuring are complex and serious.

Keywords:   economic restructuring, local democracy, public–private partnership, resource mobilization, local economy

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