Local Economic Development

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Local Economic Development (LED) has emerged globally as a vital planning approach for local economies. The emergence and growing significance of LED planning approaches are inseparable from the changing world economy and especially the advance of globalization. The question of catalyzing LED planning initially emerged in Europe and spread to other advanced economies. The geographical diffusion of LED has occurred to late-developing economies in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The relevance of this place-based approach to contemporary development planning in the global South is widely confirmed. New evidence demonstrates that the implementation of LED approaches can raise human development prospects in the global South.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


  • Development planning
  • Globalization
  • International development agencies
  • Latin America
  • Local economic development
  • Place-based strategies
  • South Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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