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Logan, John R.; Whaley, Rachel Bridges; Crowder, Kyle D; & . (1999). The Character and Consequences of Growth Regimes: An Assessment of Twenty Years of Research.. Jonas, Andrew E. G. & Wilson, David (Eds.) (pp. 73-93). Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.


Harvey Molotch's "city as a growth machine" thesis is one of the most influential approaches to the analysis of urban politics and local economic development in the United States. However, the nature and context of urban politics have changed considerably since the growth machine thesis was first proposed more than twenty years ago, and recent attempts to apply it to settings outside the U.S. have revealed conceptual and empirical limitations.
This book offers a unique critical assessment of the contribution of the growth machine thesis to research in urban political economy. Written from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, it brings together leading urban studies scholars. These contributors explore three organizing themes: urban growth, discourse and ideology; new dimensions of urban politics; and the growth machine in comparative perspective. These themes not only provide the focus for the critical examinations of the growth machine thesis, but also offer exciting new ways of thinking about and researching urban politics and local economic development.

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SUNY Series in Urban Public Policy


Logan, John R.
Whaley, Rachel Bridges
Crowder, Kyle D