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EGIS selected books, journals and web resources: Urban Political Economy (D48UP)

What's on this page?

Listed on this page are some suggested reading to help get you started.  These are NOT all of the resources you have access to and may not be the latest editions.

If you want to check Library stock/check for the latest edition, you should use the Discovery database:

For help with using Discovery, please see:

Not all resources are searched by Discovery and other databases may have additional features which you may wish to take advantage of.  For further help with literature searching and the resources available, see:

Week 2

The city as an object of critical study

Why study cities? What is a city? Urbanism as a way of life? What issues do growing cities face?

Directed Reading:

Directed Viewing

See course handbook

Week 3

Discuss the ideas of Smith, Ricardo, Hayek, Keynes, Friedman, Polanyi and Marx. 

What relevance do their ideas have for the political and economic development of the contemporary city?

Directed Reading:

Week 6

No class - directed study

Week 7

Governing the Contemporary City

Directed Reading:

Further Reading

In addition to the directed reading, there is an extensive list of further reading listed in the course handbook.


You can do your own research via the databases recommended here.  As well as keyword searching, you can also use known articles to help you find other useful articles (e.g. cited reference searching, author searching etc).  See the literature searching section of the EGIS Subject Guide for more details.

Scans in Canvas

Allmendinger, P. (2017) Planning theory. 3rd edn. London: Palgrave, pp. 1-23.

Greed, C. H. (1996) Introducing town planning. 2nd ed. edn. Harlow: Longman, pp. 3-19.

Harvey, D. (1989) 'From Managerialism to Entrepreneurialism: The Transformation in Urban Governance in Late Capitalism', Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 71(1), pp. 3-17.

Hogwood, B. W. and Gunn, L. A. (1984) Policy analysis for the real world. Oxford: OUP, pp. 12-31

Short, J. R. (1989) 'Yuppies, yuffies and the new urban order', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 14(2), pp. 173-188