"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 is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. His research interests focus on the political processes driving urban change and, in particular, under what conditions local participation can contribute to the making of more inclusive and democratic cities. Recent projects have included the role of community participation in the installation of public art, and the limitations to public participation in the post-political city. He is Managing Editor of Urban Studies and of Space and Polity. Tom Hutton is Professor in the Centre for Human Settlements, School of Community & Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His principal research interests are in the `new economy'. Besides editing (or co-editing) special journal issues dealing with the new economy, his recent publications include The New Economy of the Inner City (Routledge, 2008/2010), Cities and the Cultural Economy (Routledge, 2014) ; and New Economic Spaces in Asian Cities: from industrial restructuring to the cultural turn (Routledge 2012; co-edited with Peter Daniels and K C Ho).
Introduction: Cities and Economic Change - Ronan Paddison and Tom Hutton Processes Cities, Technology and Economic Change - Kenneth E. Corey, Mark I. Wilson and Peilei Fan Cities and Rescaling - John Harrison New Economies, New Spaces - Stefan Kratke Redundant and Marginalized Spaces - Ivan Turok Splintering Labour Markets - Danny MacKinnon Informal Economies - Colin Williams Steering the Urban Economy Boostering, brokerage and uneasy bedfellows:Networked urban governance and the emergence of post-political orthodoxy - Iain Deas and Nicola Headlam The Resilient City: On the Determinants of Successful Urban Economies - Mario Polese Imagineering the City - Marguerite van den Berg Inclusivity - Edgar Pieterse Urban Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability - Mark Whitehead Reflections Theories of Place and a Place for Theories - K.C. Ho Epilogue: Economic Change, Globalising Cities and the New Urban Order - Tom Hutton