Title

Advancing Manufacturing?: Blinkered Visions in U.S. and Australian Urban Policy

RIS ID

132355

Publication Details

Grodach, C. & Gibson, C. (2018). Advancing Manufacturing?: Blinkered Visions in U.S. and Australian Urban Policy. Urban Policy and Research, Online First 1-15.

Abstract

Advocates argue that urban manufacturing holds potential to promote locally distinctive enterprises, quality employment and more socially-inclusive forms of urban development. However, little is known how urban policy actually supports manufacturing. This paper documents the policy response to urban manufacturing in the U.S. and Australia. We determine how policy documents conceptualise manufacturing and define goals and strategy around land use, business development and workforce development. The analysis demonstrates that manufacturing policy is situated between entrenched visions of deindustrialisation and emerging notions of a renewed, advanced manufacturing sector and that most cities struggle to address the inherent challenges of this condition.

Grant Number

ARC/DP170104255

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