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The Political Origins of Urban Industrial Change
"Insightful ... Rast clearly proves his thesis and makes a significant contribution to the field of urban politics."—American Political Science Review
"Rast mines the rich vein of studies of postwar development practices in downtown Chicago in order to form his critical reassessment of urban development theory."—APA Journal
"The knowledge [Rast] generated adds substantially to what is known about Chicago during one of the most sweeping and contentious periods of urban restructuring."—Urban Studies
Examining Chicago as a model for urban economic development in the post–World War II era, Joel Rast challenges the conventional belief that structural economic change has forced cities to concentrate resources on downtown revitalization efforts in order to remain fiscally viable. Rast argues instead that cities face multiple economic development choices and that politics play a fundamental role in deciding among them.
(1999) 220 pp., illus.
Table of Contents
1 The Politics of Urban Economic Development
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