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Title:Growth, prosperity, and inequality after the great recession: A regionalist cultural political economy of Chicagoland
Author(s):Planey, Donald A.
Director of Research:Cidell, Julie L
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cidell, Julie L
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Wilson, David; Doussard, Marc; Allred, Dustin
Department / Program:Geography & Geographic InfoSci
Discipline:Geography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Cultural Political Economy
Regional Development
Economic Development
Industrial Policy
Regional Planning
Chicago
Chicagoland
Economic Geography
Abstract:In the 2010s, major public, civic, and private institutions began to promote new regional planning and coordination projects in the Chicago region. Shortly after the recovery from the 2007-8 economic crash began, regionalist institutions in the Chicago metropolitan area formed a series of new public-private partnerships, technical assistance programs, and community development projects meant to serve as new solutions to socio-economic inequality and stunted economic growth in the Chicago region. Common areas of focus in this new Chicagoland regionalism included industrial policy support for legacy manufacturing industries, financing for infrastructure, and service consolidation across municipal and county boundaries. This dissertation looks into the political strategies concerning the how and why of the new regional push in Chicagoland, split into three manuscripts (chapters 2, 3 and 3) on components of Chicagoland regionalism that hold broader significance for regional planning and regional coordination in the twenty-first century: (i) A new project shared among regionalist institutions to organize support for legacy industries in the region, and the re-incorporation of “productive” industries into the imperative for city-regions to “globalize.” (ii) The deep history of regional planning in the Chicago region, and the ways in which policy agendas and political ideologies specific to the region are deployed and reproduced across generations. (iii) Regionalist institutions’ formulation of new regional imaginaries in the 2010s and their political strategies for securing public and private sector support for new regionalist projects. Out of the three chapters, a model of regionalist cultural political economy (rCPE) is formed that is meant to facilitate geographic investigation into the creation of regionalisms by intersecting networks from the public, private, and civic sectors of specific-city-regions, and the ways in which regional actors impose local/regional imperatives onto broader policy trends.
Issue Date:2020-03-13
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/108230
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Donald Planey
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-27
Date Deposited:2020-05


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