Quotation Martinelli, Flavia, Moulaert, Frank, Novy, Andreas, Hrsg. 2013. Urban and Regional Development Trajectories in Contemporary Capitalism. London and New York: Routledge.


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This book re-evaluates a rich scientific heritage of space- and history-sensitive development theories and produces an integrated methodology for the comparative analysis of urban and regional trajectories within a globalized world. The main argument put forward is that current mainstream analyses of urban and regional development have forgotten this rich heritage and fail to address the connections between different dimensions of development, the role of history and the importance of place and scale relations. The proposed methodology integrates elements from different theories - radical economic geography, regulation approach, cultural political economy, old and new institutionalism - that all share a strong concern with time and space dynamics. They are recombined into an interdisciplinary (meta)theoretical framework, capable of articulating the overall problem of socio-economic development and providing methodological anchors for comparative case-study analysis, while recognizing context specificities. The analytical methodology focuses on key dynamics and relations, such as strategic agency and collective action, institutions and structures, culture and discourse, as well as the tension between path-dependency and path-shaping. The methodology is then applied to eight urban and regional cases, mostly from Western Europe, but also from the United States and China. The case studies confirm the relevance of time- and space-sensitive analysis, not only for understanding development trajectories, but also for policy making. They ultimately highlight that, while post-war institutions were able to address systemic contradictions and foster a relatively inclusive development model, the neoliberal turn has led to reductionist policies that not only have resulted in an increase in social and spatial inequalities, but have also undermined growth and democracy.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Edited book (editorship)
Language English
Type of published work Book
Title Urban and Regional Development Trajectories in Contemporary Capitalism
Location London and New York
Publisher Routledge
Year 2013
URL http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415608947/
ISBN 978-0-415-60894-7

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Development Models and Logics of Socio-Economic Organization in Space (DEMOLOGOS)
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Novy, Andreas (Details)
External
Martinelli, Flavia
Moulaert, Frank
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5105 International relations (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
5406 Foreign aid (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5608 Regional development planning (Details)
5610 Urban development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
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