The course aims to help students to understand the privileged place that Local Economic Development occupies in urban policies
In the context of urban competition and supra-national territorial scale, local economic development is a priority for local and regional authorities, both for recovery of distinct skills and optimal mobilization of local resources in order crossing of the cities most difficult economic periods and / or social.
Top priority in economic restructuring, the local econmic development is the subject of a better strategic policies accorded to the options granted to cities on housing, urban growth, infrastructure or environmental quality.
The focus of this course is on the creation and management multi-stakeholder processes that occur into local urban economy and / or regional level. Regions and cities are facing two trends oriented in opposite directions: internationalization and decentralization. The two trends have changed the way in which more stakeholders are reported each other in local and regional economy. Competition and cooperation are involved in the links between firms, between firms and state and private actors. The central concern of government on sustainable local economic development is to create synergies between policies and business interventions , state and non-state and civic actors actions. These come along around specific local economic development opportunities for urban communities.
Lectures are accompanied by presentations of policy and local economic development programs.
Students' evaluation of policy proposals for economic development through comparative analysis.