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In large cities in developed countries, the share of manufacturing has declined drastically in the last decades and the share of service has grown as many manufacturing firms have closed or moved to lower-cost locations. The process of deindustrialization is often seen as part of the inevitable shift towards a knowledge based economy and urban economies come to rely on research and development, financial services, tourism and the creative industries. This book looks at the changing link between manufacturing and knowledge-based activities in urban regions.
The authors develop a new framework drawing on insights from organization studies and regional economic literature looking at various international case studies in Western and Eastern Europe, South America and Asia.
1. Cities and Manufacturing: Setting the Scene 2. Manufacturing and Urban Development: A Frame of Analysis 3. Dortmund: Metal-Electro Sector 4. Eindhoven: Automotive Industry 5. Munich: Automotive Industry 6. Ostrava: Automotive Industry 7. Paris: Automotive Industry 8. Porto: Metal-Electro Sector 9. Rotterdam: Food Industry 10. Sao Paulo: Automotive Industry 11. Shanghai: Automotive Industry 12. Turku: Shipbuilding Industry 13. Synthesis: Conclusions and Recommendations
In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.
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