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Just because Milwaukee isn't Manhattan, doesn't mean that those urban centers face completely unique challenges. Through effective comparative analysis of key issues in urban studies—how city managers share power with mayors, how spending policies affect economic development, and how school politics impact education policy—students can clearly see how scholars discern patterns and formulate conclusions to offer theoretical and practical insights from which all cities can benefit. Pelissero brings together an impressive team of contributors to explore variation among cities through case studies and cross-sectional analyses. Each author synthesizes the field's seminal literature while explaining how urban leaders and their constituents grapple with everything from city council politics to conflict and cooperation among minority groups. Authors identify both key trends and gaps in the scholarship, and ...

Economic Development Policies
Economic development policies
RichardD.Bingham
What is Economic Development?

Some years ago, the American Economic Development Council (AEDC), then the major professional association in the urban economic development field, defined economic development as “the process of creating wealth through the mobilization of human, financial, capital, physical and natural resources to generate marketable goods and services” (AEDC 1984, 18). For the public sector, over the years, this has meant an emphasis on the creation of jobs and wealth. More recently, an added focus has been to create jobs and wealth that benefit the local population. Thus local government's role in economic development is to “facilitate and promote the creation of jobs and wealth by the private sector, and to ensure that it does so in a way ...

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