Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas

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Univ of California Press, Oct 9, 2015 - Business & Economics - 350 pages
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In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This book argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in America’s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that 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 help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.
 

Contents

A National Perspective 1
1
Can Closing the Gap Facilitate
25
Selecting
56
Planning the Epistemic Community
76
EliteDriven Regional Stewardship
100
ConflictInformed Collaboration
130
Collaboration in the New Economy
161
Theorizing Diverse and Dynamic
189
A Beloved Epistemic Community?
215
Regional Rankings for Growth and Equity
233
Data Sources and Methods for Regional Profiles
244
CaseStudy Interviews
299
Bibliography
314
Index
336
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