Competitive Multi-City Regionalism: Growth Politics Beyond the Growth Machine


Competitive multi-city regionalism in Florida (source: author)

I’m happy to announce that a new paper of mine has just been released by Regional Studies in early access. The paper is titled “Competitive Multi-City Regionalism: Growth Politics Beyond the Growth Machine”, and it is one of several of my recent or forthcoming papers in which I’m grappling with the emergence of new, very large-scale local economic development partnerships in the United States.

I call the phenomenon “competitive multi-city regionalism”, and here’s the abstract of the paper:

Local growth politics are increasingly conducted at scales that confound the assumptions of growth machine theory. This paper analyzes ‘competitive multi-city regionalism’ in the United States – local growth coalitions collaborating on economic development across multiple city-regions. It introduces the concept of ‘scalar logics of regionalism’ to characterize the multiple regionalism projects at work throughout the state–economy nexus, and develops a comparative case study of regionalism initiatives in Arizona, Florida and Ohio to demonstrate the importance of interactions and conflict between different scalar logics in determining the multi-scalar outcomes of local growth politics.

In a recent paper in Economic Geography, I argued that one functional basis for competitive multi-city regionalism is corridor-scaled infrastructure development. In this new paper in Regional Studies, I instead look at the way that different incentives to ground-up regionalism are produced throughout the multi-scalar state, corresponding to a variety of different functional bases, spatial scales, and institutional configurations.

The final author draft of the paper is freely available to download. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Regional Studies, 26 September 2016.