Beyond the City Limits: Urban Policy and Economics Restructuring in Comparative Perspective
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Temple University Press
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This book has a complex history, and that history clarifies its central theme. In the spring of 1987 the editors had the idea for a conference on local growth politics in the United States. After a long period of deindustrialization and economic stagna...
Part I. Introduction
1. Urban Restructuring: A Critical View
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The failure of the centrally planned economies of China, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union has captured the world's attention. As market-oriented reforms have spread in those countries, accompanied by political changes, the reaction in...
Part II. Urban Policy: National and International
2. Political Paradoxes of Urban Restructuring:Globalization of the Economy and Localization of Politics?
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The processes of urban restructuring that are taking place in many countries point to some paradoxical aspects of theoretical paradigms in social science, particularly when we try to examine their economic and political dimensions together. ...
3. Industrial Restructuring, State Intervention, and Uneven Development in the United States and Japan
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This chapter explores the interplay among industrial production systems organized by transnational corporations, urban and regional development strategies mounted by local and national states, and distributional outcomes for companies ...
4. Political Responses to Urban Restructuring: The British Experience under Thatcherism
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Britain has undergone a profound urban transformation during the past two decades. The restructuring of the international economy, the emergence of highly mobile finance capital, the decline of manufacturing industry and its export to low-wage....
Part III. The Limits and Possibilities of Local Policy
5. Economics, Politics, and Development Policy:The Convergence of New York and London
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Britain has undergone a profound urban transformation during the past two decades. The restructuring of the international economy, the emergence of highly mobile finance capital, the decline of manufacturing industry and its export to low-wage...
6. Postindustrialism with a Difference: Global Capitalism in World-Class Cities
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Since the 1970S scholars have noted a profound transformation in the content and character of capitalism. Spurred by Immanuel Wallerstein's 1974 volume depicting a world capitalist economy, scholars began to identify world-class cities as nodes for...
7. Urban Deals in Comparative Perspective
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Even if a newly integrated global economy has produced similar restructuring challenges across nations and the localities within them, there can still be variations across places in social and distributive outcomes of economic growth. In the...
8. Space for Progressive Local Policy: Examples from the United States and the United Kingdom
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The main question posed by this volume is, given restructuring, what can localities do? In this chapter we argue that the space for local response is greater, not smaller, in the 1980s than in previous postwar decades, present evidence of the increased...
Part IV. Reflections
9. Beyond the City Limits: A Commentary
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The central question in organizing this volume is whether differences in national political systems and in nationallocal relations explain the diversity of forms assumed by economic restructuring and local responses to it. At least three...
10. Theoretical Methods in Comparative Urban Politics
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This volume provides both a signal and exemplar of changes currently taking place in urban social science. As the editors argue in their introduction, urban studies have reached an impasse-a theoretical deadlock between approaches that explain...
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Publication Year: 2009