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The Wealth and Poverty of Cities: Why Nations Matter

Mario Polèse


Much has been written about cities as engines of growth and prosperity. Cities have been centers of civilization since the beginning of history. A rich nation without cities is an impossibility. Yet, as this book explains, the central foundations of wealth and economic well-being are rooted in the attributes of nations and actions of national governments. If the nation does not work, nor will its cities. This book looks at the economy of cities through the lens of “The Ten Pillars of Urban Success,” covering a full range of policy concerns from top (i.e., sound macroeconomic management) to bot ... More

Keywords: cities, economic growth, wealth, inner-city ghettos, social cohesion, metropolitan governance, centrality, downtowns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190053710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190053710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Polèse, author
Professor emeritus, INRS, Montreal, Canada