Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development by Michael StorperKeys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development by Michael Storper

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

byMichael Storper

Hardcover | July 21, 2013

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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.

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 Eco...
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Title:Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape DevelopmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:July 21, 2013Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691143110

ISBN - 13:9780691143118

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
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
Notes229
References239
Index267

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"Fascinating and ambitious, this book borrows ideas, concepts, and results from geographical economics, economic geography, and institutional social sciences to explain the organization of and the change in the space-economy. Exploring the unequal development of societies as they unfold across space, this book provides insightful analyses of issues that have been far too neglected. It will attract much attention."-Jacques Thisse, Université catholique de Louvain