This book brings together a range of viewpoints on a number of the burning issues affecting urban sustainability in North America and Europe at the beginning of the 21st century. H.S. Geyer and his contributors cover a wide spectrum of the urban policy issues that determine the growth and development progress as well as the livability of cities in the Occident.
The volume focuses on three broad themes: nuances in urban policy formulation in Britain and the United States; the evolvement of urban systems regionally and globally; and the social and economic forces that determine urban livability and bring about change in the demographic landscape of cities in both Europe and the United States. In this Handbook some of the world's most experienced researchers express their views - often controversial - on topics as diverse as the role of the IT sector, population ageing, migration, global warming and social economics within urban development.
This important Handbook has a strong demographic and developmental focus and covers urban policy issues that should be of interest to a wide readership - from urban planning, geography, regional science and economics to international business, population studies, history and political science.
Edited by H.S. Geyer, Director, Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Contents: Preface PART I: THE URBAN POLICY CONTEXT 1. Introduction: The Policy Context of Urbanization M. Pacione PART II: EVOLVING URBAN SYSTEMS 2. Differential Urbanization Trends in Europe: The European Case E. Heikkila and H. Kaskinoro 3. Large Urban Economies: The Role of Knowledge and ICT Infrastructure P. van Hemert, M. van Geenhuizen and P. Nijkamp 4. World Cities: Organizational Networking and the Global Urban Hierarchy P.J. Taylor PART III: FORCES OF SPATIAL ECONOMIC CHANGE 5. The New Economic Geography: A Simple Exposition D. Urban 6. Land Markets and their Regulation: The Economic Impacts of Planning P. Cheshire and W. Vermeulen 7. The Continuing Urban Form Controversy: Towards Bridging the Divide H.S. Geyer 8. Spatial Planning and Institutional Design: What Can We Expect From Transaction Cost Economics? F. Moulaert and A. Mehmood 9. The Economy of the Large European City: The Social Nature of Articulated Rationality F. Moulaert and J. Nussbaumer 10. E-Government: Turning the Digital Divide into a Digital Dividend in Manchester (UK) D. Carter PART IV: THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE 11. International Labour Migration in the EU: Likely Social and Economic Implications T. El-Cherkeh 12. Immigration in the USA: Evolving Demographic Contexts, Geographies and Policy Debates D.A. Plane and L. Hoffman 13. Winds of Change: Controversies Underlying the Urban Policy Debate H.S. Geyer Index