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Classic Books in Regional Studies

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Regional Studies, the Book Reviews section of the journal has published a series of reviews of books originally published decades ago, and whose influence has grown sufficiently that they are considered classics and milestones in regional studies. This involved scholars who are themselves established and highly influential in the field, through their ability to shape ideas and their broad perspective in assessing them. The reviewers reflect on: how the books have contributed to changing the landscape of the discipline; what aspects included in the books are little known but still relevant today; any “new” concepts in their own field that are clearly anticipated by the books; the ways in which the actual content of the books may differ from general presumptions; and the extent to which the books are still a worthwhile read for scholars.

Thanks to those who accepted the challenge, the results brought together in this Virtual Special Issue are a set of essays which allow us to better know these classic books and put them in contemporary perspective.

Ugo Fratesi, Politecnico di Milano, Book Reviews Editor, Regional Studies

Read the full editorial here.

Explore the individual book reviews below:

Albert O. Hirschman’s The strategy of economic development

Reviewed by Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Joseph A. Shumpeter’s The theory of economic development

Reviewed by Michael Fritsch

Nicholas Kaldor’s Economics without equilibrium

Reviewed by Steven Brakman & Harry Garretsen

Gunnar Myrdal’s Economic theory and underdeveloped regions

Reviewed by Eric Sheppard

Doreen Massey’s Spatial divisions of labour

Reviewed by Michael Dunford

Alfred Marshall’s Principles of economics

Reviewed by Peter Sunley

Peter Hall’s Cities in civilization

Reviewed by Michael Batty

Harry W. Richardson’s Regional growth theory

Reviewed by Philip McCann

David Harvey’s Social justice and the city

Reviewed by Frank Stilwell

August Losch’s The economics of Location

Reviewed by Ron Martin

Jane Jacobs’s The death and life of great American cities and The economy of cities

Reviewed by Gilles Duranton