Finding the "Keys to the City" with Michael Storper
How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development
6:00 PM Program - 2355 Public Affairs Bldg.
7:00 PM Reception and book signing - 3rd Floor Terrace, Public Affairs Bldg.
Why do some cities grow economically while others decline? Why do some show sustained economic performance while others cycle up and down? In Keys to the City, Michael Storper, one of the world's leading economic geographers, looks at why we should consider economic development issues within a regional context--at the level of the city-region--and why urban economies develop unequally. Storper identifies four contexts that shape urban economic development: economic, institutional, innovational, interactional, and political. The book explores how these contexts operate and how they interact, leading to developmental success in some regions and failure in others. Demonstrating that the global economy is increasingly driven by its major cities, the keys to the city are the keys to global development. In his conclusion, Storper specifies eight rules of economic development targeted at policymakers. Keys to the City explains why economists, sociologists, and political scientists should take geography seriously.
Presented by UCLA Luskin, Luskin Global, the Department of Geography and the Department of Urban Planning.
*Pay-by-space parking is available in Lot 3 on UCLA Campus