Urban Policy and Economic Restructuring in Comparative PerspectiveJohn 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."