States and the economy : policymaking and decentralization /
Robert H. Wilson.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1993.
xi, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1993.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-280) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
This timely book represents a real contribution to the growing literature on state development policy in the US, which has expanded far beyond the simple smokestack chasing and tax incentives of earlier periods. The growing role of states in economic development is the result of several factors. One is decentralization as the federal government reduces its role, especially in provision of infrastructure, development of human capital, and support for research and development. With little federal funding for highways, water, sewer, and other infrastructures, states have had to assume greater responsibility for raising and allocating revenues for all three of these purposes. A second factor is improved state capability, largely the result of reapportionment in the 1970s and 1980s and reorganizations of state governments. A third is technological change, which has changed the nature of industry as well as the tools available to state governments, e.g., identifying potential industrial sites is much more sophisticated in an age of computer-based GIS technology. This book explores all of these issues as well as the policy implications of a changing economic geography and an emerging strong state role for the intergovernmental system. A useful addition to collections in regional science, economic development, and applied economics. All levels. H. H. Ulbrich; Clemson University
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Wilson examines how economic and political decentralization is affecting the development policymaking environment at the state level. The book first empirically examines the changing economic geography of the country and the specific effects on the economic structure of states. Following this, three case studies are presented. These constitute an investigation of the intergovernmental context of public policymaking and the historical role of state government in development. Economic development and technology policy generally involve targeted assistance to particular elements of the economy. Telecommunications policy represents a regulatory role for states in the most significant infrastructure of the information age. Education and training, long principal responsibilities of state government, represent a form of social infrastructure and are perhaps the most vital for ensuring the long-term viability of a states's economy. Each of these policy areas present different state development roles, and the ability of a state to adapt its policies appropriately will determine--according to this author--its future prosperity. This text will be of interest to scholars, students, and policymakers in regional planning, state and local government, public administration, and public policy.
Table of Contents
Structural Economic Change and the States Policymaking and the States
The State Role in Economic Development
Development and Technology Policy
The State as Regulator of Infrastructure: Telecommunications Policy
The State as Social Infrastructure Provider: Education and Training State Policymaking and Economic Change
Appendices: The Theil
The Census Regions
Welfare Spending per $100 of Personal Income by State, 1987
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