A Tale of Two Towns: Municipal Agency and Socio-Economic Development in Akureyri, Iceland and Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Lay Summary 

The role of municipalities in economic development in small marginal regions is influenced by the cultural, historical and political legacies of place, as well as by structural features of size and geographical location. A comparison of similar “second cities” in Akureyri, Iceland and Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador examines two contrasting examples of municipal agency and the contexts in which they occur. The focus is on important practical lessons and their relevance for each city. It acknowledges special circumstances for each case, and suggests how different municipalities can gain important insights from comparative analysis to assist in charting their future direction.

Published in: Remote Control: Governance Lessons For and From Small, Insular, and Remote Regions, edited by G. Baldacchino, Rob Greenwood and Larry Felt. St. John’s, ISER Books, 2009, Pp. 148-169.

Corner Brook
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Municipal government
Regional Development
Social Sciences
Industry Sectors 
Local, Municipal and Regional Public Administration
Start date 
1 Jan 2009