The Urban Growth Machine: Critical Perspectives, Two Decades Later / Edition 1

The Urban Growth Machine: Critical Perspectives, Two Decades Later / Edition 1

by Andrew E. G. Jonas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791442608

ISBN-13: 9780791442609

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Harvey Molotch's "city as a growth machine" thesis is one of the most influential approaches to the analysis of urban politics and local economic development in the United States. However, the nature and context of urban politics have changed considerably since the growth machine thesis was first proposed more than twenty years ago, and recent attempts to apply it to…  See more details below

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Harvey Molotch's "city as a growth machine" thesis is one of the most influential approaches to the analysis of urban politics and local economic development in the United States. However, the nature and context of urban politics have changed considerably since the growth machine thesis was first proposed more than twenty years ago, and recent attempts to apply it to settings outside the U.S. have revealed conceptual and empirical limitations.. "This book offers a unique critical assessment of the contribution of the growth machine thesis to research in urban political economy. Written from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, it brings together leading urban studies scholars. These contributors explore three organizing themes: urban growth, discourse and ideology; new dimensions of urban politics; and the growth machine in comparative perspective. These themes not only provide the focus for the critical examinations of the growth machine thesis, but also offer exciting new ways of thinking about and researching urban politics and local economic development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791442609
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
SUNY Series in Urban Public Policy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
1The City as a Growth Machine: Critical Reflections Two Decades Later3
Pt. 1Urban Growth: Ideology and Discourse
2Ideology and the Growth Coalition21
3Urban Imagineers: Boosterism and the Representation of Cities37
4Growth Machines and Propaganda Projects: A Review of Readings of the Role of Civic Boosterism in the Politics of Local Economic Development55
Pt. 2New Dimensions of Urban Politics
5The Character and Consequences of Growth Regimes: An Assessment of Twenty Years of Research73
6Place, Politics, and the Production of Urban Space: A Feminist Critique of the Growth Machine Thesis95
7Redefining Urban Politics for the Twenty-First Century109
8Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory: Regulation Theory and Institutional Arrangements125
9Retooling the Machine: Economic Crisis, State Restructuring, and Urban Politics141
Pt. 3The Growth Machine in Comparative Perspective
10Organizing for Local Economic Development: The Growth Coalition as a Cross-National Comparative Framework163
11Growth Coalitions in Britain's Waning Sunbelt: Some Reflections177
12The Politics of Influence: Democracy and the Growth Machine in Orange County, U.S.195
13Employing the Growth Machine Heuristic in a Different Political and Economic Context: The Case of Israel213
14Transcending Interurban Competition: Conceptual Issues and Policy Alternatives in the European Union227
15Growth Machine Links: Up, Down, and Across247
References267
Biographical Notes297
Index301

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