Books

The Urban Experience

Barry Bluestone, Mary Huff Stevenson and Russell Williams. Oxford University. July 2008.
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The Urban Experience provides a fresh approach to the study of metropolitan areas by combining economic principles, social insight, and political realities with an appreciation of public policy to understand how U.S. cities and suburbs function in the 21st century. The book is grounded in the real life experiences of students and their families on the premise that there is a fascination about one’s own surroundings. It uses a great deal of historical and comparative data to explore the wide variation in how we experience urban and suburban communities. It addresses the changing role and function of U.S. metropolitan areas in an age of growing global competition and focuses on key contemporary problems facing cities and suburbs. The book introduces analyses from economics, sociology, and political science as useful tools to understand the evolution and current status of the nation’s urban areas.

The book will be a valuable text for urban scholars, public officials, and all those interested in understanding urban dynamics.

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Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide

David Soule. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005

Urban sprawl has created a way-of-life in the United States that is becoming less and less sustainable, but our country is uniquely positioned to respond to the challenges of sprawl, according to CURP Associate Director David Soule. Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide, offers a dynamic group of perspectives that explore these challenges, addressing sprawl as a legal question, a political issue, and a social problem.

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Moving Up in the New Economy: Career Ladders for U.S. Workers

Joan Fitzgerald. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2006

Strategies that create new opportunities for low-wage workers to learn skills and advance through a progression of higher-skilled and better-paid jobs are thoroughly explored across various sectors of our economy in Moving Up. Case studies of career-ladder programs are presented at the firm, local and regional level in five sectors: health care, child care, education, biotechnology, and manufacturing.

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Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb

Joan Fitzgerald and Nancey Green Leigh. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2002

A discussion of leading revitalization strategies in the context of both city and suburban settings, offering case studies of program development and implementation. The text incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It discusses how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods.

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The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis

Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000

The culmination of nearly five years of research on the new Boston economy. It recounts the industrial and demographic revolution in post-World War II Boston and its impact on racial and ethnic attitudes, residential segregation, and the labor market success of whites, blacks, and Latinos.

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Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century

Barry Bluestone and Bennett Harrison. New York: Houghton-Mifflin & The Century Foundation, 2000

This publication explores historical trends and current prospects for economic growth in the United States.

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Negotiating the Future: A Labor Perspective on American Business

Barry Bluestone and Irving Bluestone. New York: Basic Books, 1992

Co-authored with his father, Irving Bluestone, the book traces the history of labor-management relations since World War II and offers the concept of the “Enterprise Compact” as an approach to industrial relations which can boost productivity, improve product quality and innovation, and enhance employment security. As of 1998, Korean, Spanish, and Japanese editions had been published.

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The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America

Barry Bluestone and Bennett Harrison. New York: Basic Books, 1990

A sequel to The Deindustrialization of America, this book investigates how economic policies have contributed to growing inequality.

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