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Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by John R. Bryson, Jennifer Clark and Vida Vanchan

This interdisciplinary volume provides a critical and multi-disciplinary review of current manufacturing processes, practices, and policies, and broadens our understanding of production and innovation in the world economy. Chapters highlight how firms and industries modify existing processes to produce for established and emerging markets through dynamic and design-driven strategies. This approach allows readers to view transformations in production systems and processes across sectors, technologies and industries. Contributors include scholars ranging from engineering to policy to economic geography. The evidence demonstrates that manufacturing continues to matter in the world economy.

Chapter 26: National manufacturing policy, local real estate markets and the missing region: prospects for urban industrial development in the U.S.

Laura Wolf-Powers

Subjects: business and management, strategic management, geography, economic geography, urban and regional studies, regional studies


Manufacturing policy and urban and regional policy coexist uncomfortably in the United States. Although many industrialized nations coordinate federal-level technology and innovation strategies with expressly place-based investments in the commercialization of basic research – and, concomitantly, with support for regional networks of small and medium-sized manufacturers – such mechanisms have not been a prominent feature of U.S. policy (Clark 2010). As a result, attempts to connect economic development strategy with economic geographers’ knowledge about place-based innovation often falter. Descriptions and typologies of “learning regions,” regional innovation networks and spatially rooted industry clusters are reasonably straightforward. But translating that knowledge into effective, implementable policy for manufacturing development is not straightforward, because there is neither a strong federal government leading regional policy from the top down nor a framework for autonomous regional governance of any sort.

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