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Cities and Economic Change

Cities and Economic Change
Restructuring and Dislocation in the Global Metropolis

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November 2014 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"An invaluable text for all those interested in cities and economic change. Empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and written in a highly accessible way to help students understand processes underlying the changing urban economy, urban governance, and the role of place."
- Lily Kong, National University of Singapore

"Editors and contributors leave readers in no doubt about the extent of the transformations coursing through urban economies in the global north and south."
- Kevin Ward, University of Manchester

"An essential read for anyone interested in the role of cities in the changing global space economy."
- James Faulconbridge, Lancaster University

"A timely and path-breaking contribution to the urban literature. It stands out as an excellent addition to the expanding urban library and a key reference on urban issues."
- George C.S. Lin, Hong Kong University

Cities and Economic Change combines a sound theoretical grounding with an empirical overview of the urban economy. Specific references are made to key emergent processes and debates including splintered labour markets, informal economies, consumption, a comparative discussion of North and South, and quantitative aspects of globalization.

The text is clear and accessible, with pedagogical features and illustrative case studies integrated throughout. The use of boxes for city examples, key questions for discussion at the end of main chapters together with suggested readings and key web sites are designed to aid learning and understanding.
Ronan Paddison and Tom Hutton
Introduction: Cities and Economic Change
Kenneth E. Corey, Mark I. Wilson and Peilei Fan
Cities, Technology and Economic Change
John Harrison
Cities and Rescaling
Stefan Kratke
New Economies, New Spaces
Ivan Turok
Redundant and Marginalized Spaces
Danny MacKinnon
Splintering Labour Markets
Colin Williams
Informal Economies
Steering the Urban Economy
Iain Deas and Nicola Headlam
Boostering, brokerage and uneasy bedfellows:Networked urban governance and the emergence of post-political orthodoxy
Mario Polèse
The Resilient City: On the Determinants of Successful Urban Economies
Marguerite van den Berg
Imagineering the City
Edgar Pieterse
Mark Whitehead
Urban Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability
K.C. Ho
Theories of Place and a Place for Theories
Tom Hutton
Epilogue: Economic Change, Globalising Cities and the New Urban Order

Slightly too advanced for Bachelor students with English as a second langauge. In our case also too close to economic geography for our module layout. However, I would recommend it for Master students as the volume presents a good overview over the main features of a highly relevant topic in urban/economic geography

Ms Maike Didero
Geography , RWTH - Aachen University of Technology
September 6, 2016

An excellent selection of chapters by an excellent selection of researchers. My work is more focused on social development which is why this isn't a core reading - but the chapter on 'inclusivity' will be on my reading lists.

Dr Nicola Banks
Institute of Development Policy and Management, Univ. of Manchester
June 8, 2015

This is an interesting book for complementing the theoretical and applied discussions with many cases observed in the field. There are superb chapters like "New Economies, New Spaces" (by Stefan Kratke), "Informal Economies"(by Colin Williams), or "The Resilient City" (by Mario Polese). I have no doubt that these chapters will be quoted for many years.

Dr Paulo Mourao
School of Economics & Management, University of Minho
January 16, 2015

a most useful text surveying and explaining recent trends in global cities

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
December 12, 2014

Excellent compilation of timely urban studies contributions, written and presented in a way so as to be easily accessible for students. Includes interesting case studies and a very comprehensive list of references.

Professor Thomas Feldhoff
Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies, J.W.Goethe-University Frankfurt
December 9, 2014

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