The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy

Hardcover | September 1, 2008

byBarry Bluestone, Mary Huff Stevenson, Russell Williams

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The Urban Experience provides a fresh approach to the study of metropolitan areas by combining economic principles, social insight, and political realities with an appreciation of public policy to understand how U.S. cities and suburbs function in the 21st century. The book is grounded in thereal life experiences of students and their families on the premise that there is a fascination about one's own surroundings. It uses a great deal of historical and comparative data to explore the wide variation in how we experience urban and suburban communities. It addresses the changing role andfunction of U.S. metropolitan areas in an age of growing global competition and focuses on key contemporary problems facing cities and suburbs. The book introduces analyses from economics, sociology, and political science as useful tools to understand the evolution and current status of the nation'surban areas. It is the hope of the authors that after students have taken a one-semester course using this text they will have a much greater appreciation and understanding of cities and suburbs, allowing them to participate more fully in the communities where they work and live.

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The Urban Experience provides a fresh approach to the study of metropolitan areas by combining economic principles, social insight, and political realities with an appreciation of public policy to understand how U.S. cities and suburbs function in the 21st century. The book is grounded in thereal life experiences of students and their ...

Barry Bluestone is Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at Northeastern University. Mary Huff Stevenson is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Russell Williams is an Assistant Professor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 10 × 6.9 × 1.4 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195313089

ISBN - 13:9780195313086

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"This superb new text manages to capture the broad historical foundations of urban economics and its public policy implications. But it also covers the waterfront of contemporary debates and dilemmas, including those tied to social and environmental values and approaches to local politics, extremely well. The authors' lively and balanced style is ideal for teaching these important ideas, both the classic and the cutting-edge."--Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning and Director, The Community Problem-Solving Project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "The Urban Experience provides a concise, clear introduction to a broad range of issues in urban policy. It allows students to understand how economists think about cities without demanding a background in economics and without imposing the neoconservative ideological framework that afflicts many mainstream works. Rather it opens students' minds to the complexities involved when policies are evaluated for their distributional impacts and leads them to a nuanced consideration of urban political economy. It is a terrific piece of work."--Susan S. Fainstein, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University "The Urban Experience is an excellent and long overdue primer on how U.S. cities and their suburbs really work in the 21st century. Bluestone, Stevenson, and Williams do a masterful job of weaving together theory, data, and anecdotes to show how metropolitan areas have changed, how they function today, and how they are likely to address significant challenges in the future."--David Luberoff, Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, HarvardUniversity; Co-Author, MegaProjects: The Changing Politics of American Public Investment "Place does matter, and Bluestone, Stevenson and Williams convincingly explain why. This path-breaking book comprehensively covers the theory and practice of urban and metropolitan development. The authors probe the latest thinking about cities and urban dynamics, linking together economic, societal, and policy concerns. Critical theoretical concepts and contrasting perspectives are presented clearly and the book is grounded in examples and cases. Written in a lively yet balanced style, this book is enjoyable to read and will appeal to students, professionals and anyone else interested in the economic, social, and public policy challenges and opportunities facing American cities."--Philip Shapira, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Professor of Innovation, Management and Policy, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester