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alternative ways to think about incorporating omitted political culture and history in empirical analyses of local economic development (DiGaetano & Klemanski, 1999; Hero, 1998; McGovern, 1998; Reichl, 1999). Similarly, framing local development agendas in terms of livelihood issues and the politics of livability (Evans, 2001) promises to open up innovative approaches to the con- cerns that Reese and Rosenfeld identify.
Although there are questions raised by the arguments and analyses presented, Reese and Rosenfeld (2001) set out an important agenda: They invite us to contemplate whether and how to accommodate the “historical turn” and the “cultural turn” (Symposium, 2000) in analyses of local economic development politics. Ironically, this could contextualize conventional wisdoms in ways that might make them more powerful and robust but less amenable to theorizing.
1. Work on local economic development issues incorporating macro analyses and case studies include, for example, Clarke and Gaile, 1998; Goetz, 1993; Markusen, Lee, and DiGiovanna, 1999, and the many Fiscal Austerity and Urban Innovation projects spearheaded by Terry N. Clark.
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