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Anecdotal and largely devoid of serious analysis,
This review is from: Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier (Hardcover)Very disappointing if this is a book by a 'leading' economist. Evidence assembled to fit the preconceived prescriptions, with little acknowledgement that there is counter-evidence. Lots of neo-liberal economics and what passes for theory among free-marketeers. Little acknowledgement that anyone else does any work on urban issues. Arguments from history, but no engagement with serious historical or economic-history analysis. Braudel not even in the bibliography. Cheap shots at mayors who have tried to help the poor. No geography apart from the theory of relative advantage. No mention of successful German or Scandinavian cities - they might as well not exist.
The final chapter is slightly better (EG suddenly realises that urban planning might make a difference - that's what makes Vancouver a nice place, apparently) but it's mainly about investing in education and not trying to buck the market.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2011 10:37:04 BDT
Dilbagh Dhami says:
Does the author pick up on the work of significant contemporary policy players like the UK and EU Core Cities Networks?
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