Originally published in 1984. At that time many formerly prosperous regions were becoming impoverished and many former "core" areas were being demoted to peripheral status. This book considers this crisis, its nature and manifestations and its implications. It looks in particular at how the regional crisis affects the socialist analysis of capitalism and it analyses how the crisis affects the political outlook and political actions of the working class in afflicted regions. The theories and analysis put forward apply throughout the world in both advanced and less developed countries.
Introduction 1. Questions of Method in Regional Analysis Gustavo Fahrenkrog 2. A Theoretical Approach to Capital and Labour Restructuring Katherine Gibson, Julie Graham, Don Shakow, and Robert Ross 3. Ideology, Politics and Planning Jos Leyten4. Capital Restructuring and the Changing Regional Environment Paul H. Susman 5. Global Capitalism and Regional Decline: Implications for the Strategy of Classes in Older Regions Robert Ross, Katherine Gibson, Julie Graham, Philip O'Keefe, Don M. Shakow, and Paul Susman
Reissuing works originally published between 1952 and 1991, this collection presents a wide-ranging set of excellent texts across economics, geography, urban studies, planning, politics and industrial studies. Addressing problems and policy, development and demographics, these books together form a wealth of research and debate. Some volumes address specific areas such as industrialization, housing, property, city-systems, de-centralization, employment or rural resources. Other volumes present case studies in Australia, Britain, underdeveloped countries, South Africa and the USA while some are fully international in representation. Given the recent economic shifts around the world, this timely collection is an incredibly useful resource.