Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Dealing with Deindustrialization

Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions, 1st Edition

By Margaret Cowell


132 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The late 1970s and 1980s saw a process of mass factory closures in cities and regions across the Midwest of the United States. What happened next as leaders reacted to the news of each plant closure and to the broader deindustrialization trend that emerged during this time period is the main subject of this book.

It shows how leaders in eight metropolitan areas facing deindustrialization strived for adaptive resilience by using economic development policy. The unique attributes of each region - asset bases, modes of governance, civic capacity, leadership qualities, and external factors - influenced the responses employed and the outcomes achieved. Using adaptive resilience as a lens, Margaret Cowell provides a thorough understanding of how and why regions varied in their abilities to respond to deindustrialization.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. Deindustrialization and its Discontents, 2. A Glimmer of Resilience, 3. Enter the Economic Developers, 4. Eight Regions Changing, 5. The ‘Basic Betters’ – Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Buffalo, 6. ‘Bowing Out’ – Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Columbus, 7. Conclusion: The Art of Adaptive Resilience

About the Author

Margaret Cowell is Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development