The Politics of Urban Growth and Decline

Paul Kantor and Ivan Turok

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Politics of Urban Growth and Decline

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This article examines the political aspects of urban growth and decline. It explains that the politics of urban growth and decline involves governments at all levels in addressing the complexity of socioeconomic change in specific places. The article reviews the literature and arguments that have emerged over the last two decades about the politics of urban policy in Europe and North America, and considers the debates about the emergence of a stronger economic dimension to urban policy. It also discusses the economic sources and impacts of recent urban growth, and identifies the political processes that contribute to urban success.

Keywords: urban growth; urban decline; socioeconomic change; urban policy; Europe; North America; political processes

Article.  8084 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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