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  • Equity, Growth, and Community

    What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas

    Chris Benner, Manuel Pastor

    Pages  364, 12 Oct 2015


    In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. Addressing these new realities in America’s metropolitan regions, this book argues that a few lessons are emerging: first, inequity is bad for economic growth; second, bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and third, the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and to address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.

    “As America bolts toward a more multiracial future in the face of skyrocketing inequality, local leaders are desperately seeking strategies to foster more inclusive growth. Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor’s research uncovers a critical ingredient of success: diverse regional leaders coming together to build a foundation of shared knowledge and advance positive change.” — ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink


    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/luminos.6

    Table of Contents

    Equity, Growth, and Community TOC

    • Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    • Driving That Train: Can Closing the Gap Facilitate Sustained Growth?

    • Where to Go, What to Ask: Selecting and Designing the Case Studies

    • Parks and Recreation: Planning the Epistemic Community

    • Business Knows Best: Elite-Driven Regional Stewardship

    • Struggle and the City: Conflict-Informed Collaboration

    • The Next Frontier: Collaboration in the New Economy

    • Stepping Back: Theorizing Diverse and Dynamic Epistemic Communities

    • Looking Forward: A Beloved (Epistemic) Community?

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    Benner C. & Pastor M. 2015. Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas. California: University of California Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/luminos.6

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