The Successes and Failures of Urban Economic Strategies in Europe
The research for this project was done during the winter–spring of 2005 in Turin, Italy, at the Department of Economic Geography of the University of Turin. This was made possible with a research fellowship from the International Center for Economic Research. For these excellent facilities and support I am deeply grateful to Professor Enrico Colombatto, Director of the International Center, and to Professor Sergio Conti, Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Turin. I must also acknowledge the welcome I received from the faculty and staff of the Department and from Alessandra Calosso at the Center. In each of the ten cities I interviewed individuals from government, and entities such as the chamber of commerce, as well as journalists and academics, both in 2005 and earlier in the early 1990s. My conversations with them and the access they gave me to documents and to data provided the informational basis on which this research was based. I am grateful to each of them for the gracious cooperation they gave to me. I can only hope that this book will be of interest to them as they and their colleagues in other cities chart the courses for the economic future of their economies and that they may gain some insight into best practices in this important area of public policy. The people at Edward Elgar, Catherine Elgar and Alex O’Connell, have been most accommodating and congenial to work with, as always. Finally, I must express my thanks to...