47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.17 Business Clusters, Urban Neoliberalism, and the Entrepreneurial City: Has Something Important been Lost between Competing Narratives

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A careful examination of the literature suggests the presence of a lacuna in discourses with the failure to discuss other very important processes which also impacted the urban political-economy – in particular the restructuring of urban economies and their surrounding economic regions around emerging clusters, and the role public and private entrepreneurs played in this process. At the start of the 20th Century many post-industrial cities have emerged with revitalized downtown spaces as well as economic clusters built on advanced producer services, healthcare, and high-technology industries. To fully understand the post-industrial city, its emerging systems of governance, its economic structure, and the social consequences of these transformations, it is necessary to expand the discourse on ‘urban neoliberalism’ and the ‘entrepreneurial city’ beyond its narrow emphasis on transformations in the built environment in the urban core.

Craig Barham, University of Louisville


Craig Barham

PhD Student, University of Louisville, School of Urban and Public Affairs
I received my bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University College of the Caribbean, also in Jamaica. I attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Mirage (2nd Floor--foyer area)