London and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario: How the Political Economy of Neoliberal Globalism has Played Out in Two Urban Areas


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London, Ontario and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario are two mid-sized urban areas located in the Southwest of the Province. In the mid-1980, as Canada embarked on the era of neoliberal globalism the two urban areas were also very similar in terms of their demographics, structures of their local economies, and their endowments of social resources (educational and health institutions, community organizations, etc.). Yet thirtyfive years on, there is a general consensus that Kitchener-Waterloo has done better during the era of Neoliberal Globalism than has London. This project will begin by questioning what it means to say an urban area has been successful in terms of economic-development. Having established this definition, the project proceeds to empirically test whether or not the conventional wisdom regarding the differing fates of London and Kitchener-Waterloo is in fact accurate. The third stage of the project seeks to explain why this outcome occurred. This project is in a very preliminary stage. An initial funding application (for a York small research grant) will be submitted in the Spring of 2020 followed by an application for a SSHRC Insight Grant in 2020/21.

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