Abstract: This book provides a cross-disciplinary perspective on participation and governance issues in regional development - processes now regarded as essential for sustainable regional development. It brings together a group of respected social researchers from across Australia to consider these issues and places Australian regional development experiences within their broader international context. Contents: Approaching regional development Regional governance and regionalism in Australia / A.J. Brown The insider's perspective on regional development: using the anthropological perspective / Robyn Eversole Creating economic opportunities Participation and governance in regional economic development / Robyn Eversole and John Martin Governance and the performance of regional development agencies in Australia / Andrew Beer and Alaric Maude Looking for a c-change: factors contributing to regional development / Patrice Braun Facilitating regional development through 'interactional infrastructure': skill development in seasonal industries / Sue Kilpatrick and Helen Bound Managing national resources participation and the governance of natural resources / Robyn Eversole and John Martin Regional delivery of natural resource management in Australia: is it democratic and does it matter? / Susan A. Moore Participation or co-governance? Challenges for regional natural resource management / Brian Head Questioning the potential of deliberativeness to achieve 'acceptable' natural resource management decisions / Andrew Craig and Frank Vanclay Acknowledging diversity and exclusion Twin challenges - diversity and exclusion / Robyn Eversole and John Martin Reframing issues in rural development: women's insights into sustainability and their implications for government / Helen Ross and Fiona McCartney Negotiating definitions of indigenous participation in community development / Sherry Saggers The hidden role of gender exclusion in regional development agencies / Julie Grant and Al Rainnie Drought and social exclusion / Margaret Alston Linking local issues and larger contexts From local issues to responsive policy - bridging the gap / Robyn Eversole and John Martin Informing regional policy: using a regional atlas to develop shared understandings / Fiona McKenzie Developing population strategies for Australia's 'heartland' regions / Gordon Forth and Kenneth Howell Local government and governance in Victoria: challenges for community participation / Kevin O'Toole.a Johnson.