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

Keys to the City

How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development
 
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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ISBN13:9780691202952
ISBN10:0691202958
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:288 pages
Size:234x155 mm
Language:English
Illustrations: 9 line illus.
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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, 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.



"[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."