Selected by Choice (1993) as "Outstanding Academic Book"
“How can the US overcome a loss of competitiveness in the world economy? How can lagging regions be made prosperous? Rosenfeld answers by shifting the ground to the competitive advantage of industries rather than locations . . . Rosenfeld blends survey and census data, case studies of specific manufacturing firms, research reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and academic writings into a thorough and highly readable defense of his conclusions . . . One is not an expert in economic development absent knowledge of Rosenfeld's arguments.”
—R. A. Beauregard, Choice
“This book is just in time for the new administration. Its ideas may be incorporated into the federal policies that Clinton develops, based on his experiences as governor of Arkansas. Rosenfeld has worked with economic developers in Arkansas and throughout the South. The book draws on this experience to give examples of strategies for state and local public and private sector actors… This book includes an extensive literature review, and relies on Rosenfeld’s field work in the U.S., Italy, and Denmark… The most important audience for this book is elected officials.”
—Linda Hollis, Journal of the American Planning Association
“This book is a timely and lively account of industrial and social dynamics in the U.S. rural South. The theme, repeated often throughout the text, is an urgently needed change in the region’s economic development strategies. Small cities in the rural South ought to implement policies designed to help firms located there to compete for new markets rather than policies that help them compete for firms… Rosenfeld’s conclusions are urgently important… This book can help in creating a consensus for change in the industrialization efforts of the U.S. rural South.”
—Emmanuel D. Tsiritakis, Social Science Quarterly
"A well-researched study, with convincing and clear policy directions."
—Journal of Planning Education and Research
"A thorough guide to the modernization policies that . . . shape national, regional, and state approaches to economic development."
—Journal of Regional Science
"Charts a new direction for public policy . . . An important book both for laymen and economic development specialists."
"This is an important book that will be as useful to informed laymen as to economic development specialists. It is based on a thorough understanding of the adjustment problems that face rural areas in particular, but American industry in general. It demonstrates how public policies can help companies, and therefore the country, become high-income, world-class producers."
—Ray Marshall, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Professor of Economics, University of Texas