chapter  7
26 Pages

“Integrated” regional development policy and planning

WithDavid J. A. Douglas

The intersections of globalization, neoliberalism, and shortfalls in the promises of regional development policies and programmes have engendered a critical reconceptualization of public policy and practice in this field, which we now associate with new regionalism. This chapter presents a partial analysis of empirical evidence relating to the presence or absence of new regionalism in Canadian contexts, focusing on the sub-concept or theme of integrated development policy and practice across the research project regions. On this basis, the analysis suggests little evidence for the application of new regionalism principles. The chapter concludes with a critical exploration of some of the implications of these findings, particularly those relating to the explanatory and normative claims of new regionalism in academic, public policy, and development practice.