• 288 pages
  • Price: $36.95
  • EAN: 9780877229445
  • Publication: Nov 1991
  • Price: $36.95
  • EAN: 9781439901632
  • Publication: Dec 1990

Beyond the City Limits

Urban Policy and Economic Restructuring in Comparative Perspective

John R. Logan

This book challenges the notion that there is a single, global process of economic restructuring to which cities must submit. The studies in this volume compare urban development in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan, demonstrating that there is significant variety in urban economic restructuring. The contributors emphasize that the economic forces transforming cities from industrial concentrations to postindustrial service centers do not exist apart from politics: all nation-states are heavily involved in the restructuring process.


"In their introduction to Beyond the City Limits, Logan and Swanstrom directly challenge the notion of economic restructuring processes as single, uniform, monolithic global processes. They stress not only the variability of these global processes and the consequent potential for political discretion and choice but the need to link more systematically the changes in production processes with changes in 'broader social and political processes.'"
Urban Affairs Quarterly

"This book (makes) a positive contribution to the growing literature on the urban role in economic growth and regeneration."

About the Author(s)

John R. Logan is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany.

Todd Swanstrom is Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany and the author of The Crisis of Growth Politics: Cleveland, Kucinich, and the Challenge of Urban Populism (Temple).

In the Series

Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development

No longer active. Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development, edited by John R. Logan and Todd Swanstrom, includes books on urban policy and issues of city and regional planning, accounts of the political economy of individual cities, and books that compare policies across cities and countries.