The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 20 to June 24, 2005
  Godfrey Baldacchino
An international review of island competitiveness
The paradigm is weakest at the periphery: Islands present themselves as handy and convenient locations for going beyond the norm. They do so in fairly remarkable ways in both governance and economic practices, but these are hardly acknowledged and are often seen as anomalies or paradoxes of development, quirks no doubt comfortably at ease with the small (read pidling) size of their proponents.

If this continental, Western perspective is replaced by an inductive pursuit of knowledge, one may be pleasantly surprised to read about the fairly original manner in which many islands from around the world are experimenting in diplomatic, political and economic relations. A detailed review of 105, sub-national, island jurisdictions under way - supported by a 3-year SSHRC Grant - is already exposing some of these creative approaches to the challenges of development. These include: environmental management, human resource policies, transportation issues, paradiplomacy, tourism, low/no tax regimes.

Godfrey Baldacchino PhD(Warwick)
Canada Research Chair (Island Studies)
University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

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