Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development

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Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? In Keys to the City, Michael Storper, one of the world's leading economic geographers, looks at why we should consider economic development issues within a regional context--at the level of the city-region--and why city economies develop unequally. Storper identifies four contexts that shape urban economic development: economic, institutional, innovational and interactional, ...

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Overview

Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? In Keys to the City, Michael Storper, one of the world's leading economic geographers, looks at why we should consider economic development issues within a regional context--at the level of the city-region--and why city economies develop unequally. Storper identifies four contexts that shape urban economic development: economic, institutional, innovational and interactional, and political. The book explores how these contexts operate and how they interact, leading to developmental success in some regions and failure in others. Demonstrating that the global economy is increasingly driven by its major cities, the keys to the city are the keys to global development. In his conclusion, Storper specifies eight rules of economic development targeted at policymakers. Keys to the City explains why economists, sociologists, and political scientists should take geography seriously.

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"[T]his work makes rich use of the literature and offers a strong point of view that distinguishes among opposing theories and seemingly irreconcilable research. This is an intelligent, important book."--Choice

"[A]ll readers will find the book fascinating in its breadth and its ambition to popularize important questions about urban development."--Yannis M. Ioannides, Journal of Economic Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691143118
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 798,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Storper is professor of economic geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, professor of economic sociology at Sciences Po in Paris, and professor of urban planning and geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of "The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy".
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix
1. Introduction. Cities and Regions in the Twenty-First Century: Why Do They Develop and Change? 1
PART I THE ECONOMIC CONTEXT OF CITY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2. Workshops of the World Economy: People, Jobs, and Places 14
3. The Motor of Urban Economies: Specialization 32
4. Disruptive Innovation: Geography and Economics 52
5. Cities and Individuals: How We Shape Cities, But Not the Way We Want To 67
PART II THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT OF CITIES AND REGIONS
6. Winner and Loser Regions: The "Where" of Development 92
7. Communities and the Economy 104
8. Robust Action: Society, Community, and Development 115
PART III SOCIAL INTERACTION AND URBAN ECONOMIES
9. Technology, Globalization, and Local Interaction 140
10. Local Context: The Genius of Cities 156
11. Face-to-Face Contact 167
PART IV THE POLITICAL CONTEXT OF CITY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
12. Exit or Voice? Politics, Societies, and City-Systems 184
13. Justice, Efficiency, and Cities: Should Regions Help One Another? 204
Conclusion. Dear Policymaker: Some Keys for You 224
Notes 229
References 239
Index 267
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