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Policies for sustainable forest management in the tropics: Governmental and nongovernmental policy outputs, execution, and uptake in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: McGinley, Kathleen Ann
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: North Carolina State University
  • Published Location: United States -- North Carolina
  • ISBN: 9780549821366
  • Country: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua

There is an incomplete understanding of governmental and non-governmental policy approaches for promoting sustainable forest management in the tropics, including the features of productive forest management that these policies address, how they are put into practice, and, ultimately, their overall impacts on tropical forest management. ....

Political economy, social movements and alternative development in El Salvador 1975- -2005

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Kervyn de Lettenhove, Michel
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: New School University
  • Published Location: United States -- New York
  • ISBN: 9781267389831
  • Country: El Salvador

This dissertation discusses the relationship between the evolution of the political economy, the movements for social changeand attempts at alternative development in El Salvador. Since the 1970s, that country has experienced an exceptionally rich history of social and revolutionary movements, and interesting attempts to build alternative an ....

Promoting engagement and interaction in rural communities a proposal for the revitalization of Wetaskiwin, Alberta

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Speth, Kristin
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Published Location: Canada
  • ISBN: 9780494562284
  • Country: Canada
  • State/Region: Alberta

This thesis focuses on Canadian Prairie communities and how architecture plays a role in promoting community engagement and interaction. The ideal components of a healthy rural town include its identity, sense of community and a strong relationship to the landscape, all of which are threatened by both internal and external influences. T ....

Promoting rural development from a territorial perspective: The case of the Yeguare Region, Honduras

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Borja, Ivan Marcelo Borja
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University
  • Published Location: United States -- Texas
  • ISBN: 9781109322460
  • Country: Honduras
  • State/Region: Yeguare Region

The purpose of this research was to determine the impact of the implementation of a territorial model of development in the Yeguare Region of Honduras. The research questions look to determine the impact of the territorial approach for each of its major components: (a) youth development, (b) gender roles, (c) sustainable livelihoods and ....

Quality of life indicators in North Carolina: Geographic differences between urban and rural counties

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: James, Sakika Mitchell
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Published Location: United States -- North Carolina
  • ISBN: 9781124878133
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: North Carolina

The purpose of this research is to compare the quality of life of North Carolina's urban and rural counties based on traditional measurable variables, and to analyze how regional development has enhanced both quality of life and economic development in both urban and rural counties. Labor and employment, educational attainment, health a ....

Reclaiming economic sovereignty: Native and Aboriginal financial institutions

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Schneider, Bettina
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: University of California, Davis
  • Published Location: United States -- California
  • ISBN: 9781109217360
  • Country: United States, Canada

My dissertation examines how the institutional structures of Native Financial Institutions (NFIs) in the United States and Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) in Canada have contributed to their growth and success and how these institutions are helping Indigenous communities to participate in the global economy on their own terms. ....

Regional economic development, policy and regional disparity in large territories: The case of Canada and China

  • Year: 2010
  • Author: Sulaiman, Ablajan
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Universite de Montreal (Canada)
  • Published Location: Canada
  • ISBN: 9780494704332
  • Country: Canada, China

Economic convergence or divergence is a topic of considerable interest and debate, not only for validating or otherwise the two leading and competing growth models (the neoclassical and the endogenous growth approaches) but also for its policy-oriented implications. The conflicting predictions of the two alternative theoretical framewor ....

Regulation of environmental externalities

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Aldrich, Gwendolyn A.
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: The University of New Mexico
  • Published Location: United States -- New Mexico
  • ISBN: 9780549825043
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: New Mexico

The design of regulations to mitigate environmental externalities poses numerous challenges, including risk and uncertainty, information asymmetries, and complex and heterogeneous ecosystems. This research addresses a subset of these challenges within three distinct contexts: (1) agricultural production, (2) urban sprawl, and (3) exhaus ....

Representation without taxation: China's rural development initiatives for a new millenium

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Su, Minzi
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Portland State University
  • Published Location: United States -- Oregon
  • ISBN: 9780549988960
  • Country: China

The purpose of this research is to assess the prospects for China's rural revitalization programs now in their initial stages of formulation and implementation. The study seeks to discover, primarily on the basis of field research in several different rural locations, what capacities and political-economic conditions seem to hold the gr ....

Resilience, community, and perceptions of Marcellus Shale development in the Pennsylvania wilds

  • Year: 2010
  • Author: Weigle, Jason L.
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Published Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
  • ISBN: 9781124487946
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: Pennsylvania

Unconventional natural gas development in deep shale formations forms a major, promising option for energy development. The Marcellus Shale in the northeastern United States is one of the most promising shale natural gas fields in the world with potential to provide energy resources for the nation and needed income for many rural communities. How ....

Restructuring of Land and Community in the Remote Rural West: The Case of Wallowa County, Oregon

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Abrams, J.B.
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Oregon State University
  • Published Location: United States -- Oregon
  • ISBN: 9781124762111
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: Oregon

Since at least the 1970s, rural areas in the western United States, as elsewhere across the country and world, have been subject to social, economic, and political forces that have resulted in novel demographic and land tenure trends when compared to previous decades. Collectively, these processes of restructuring have created material ....

Rethinking the nonmetropolitan turnaround: Renewed rural growth or expanded urbanization?

  • Year: 2006
  • Author: Wang, Xiaodong
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University
  • Published Location: United States -- Texas
  • Country: China

This dissertation proposes a new, synthesized perspective for explaining the "Nonmetropolitan Turnaround" in the 1970s and 1990s. By studying the definition of urbanization carefully, using the human ecological perspective, many processes happening during the "Nonmetropolitan Turnaround" in the 1970s and 1990s, such as suburbanization, ....

Rising above a crisis: Resilience processes and community well-being

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Goguen Campbell, Monique
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
  • Published Location: Canada
  • ISBN: 9780494820070
  • Country: Canada
  • State/Region: Newfoundland, Labrador

Background. The closure of the North Atlantic cod fishery in 1992 has had devastating economic, social and health impacts on coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. However, considerable variability in adaptation has been noted between communities that were formally dependant on the fishery. Aim. This thesis builds on pre ....

Social capital and rural community self-development: Understanding community satisfaction and its impact on entrepreneurial climate and community outcomes

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Tajuddin, Rosita Mohd.
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Iowa State University
  • Published Location: United States -- Iowa
  • ISBN: 9781124872421
  • Country: United States

Rural communities need to move beyond their market remoteness and limitations by engaging in innovation and entrepreneurship that will enhance rural economic growth and strength. Self-development efforts provide opportunities for remote regions to increase their entrepreneurship activities, strengthen the rural economy, and enhance soci ....

Social capital in rural China: Its impact on economic development, grassroots governance, and democratic participation

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Xia, Min
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Old Dominion University
  • Published Location: United States -- Virginia
  • ISBN: 9781109142822
  • Country: China

Does social capital generate positive influences on economic development and democratic governance? This question has important theoretical and policy implications for the contemporary world, especially for the developing countries. The primary goals of this study are to investigate the stock of two types of social capital--bridging soc ....

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