City and Country provides a comprehensive examination of the processes associated with the growth and expansion of a city and how current public policy, both in the areas of zoning and town planning, respond to this process. Some of the topics of the book include: a novel statistical method for identifying employment centers in the polycentric city. several essays deal with the amazing Zipf's law. detailed case studies describing the experiences of major cities such as Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; and Lloydminster, Canada. historical papers challenging Paul Krugman's claim that an eoncomics dealing with the location of production had to wait until the end of the last century.
Twenty-five scholars, from several disciplines including, economics, sociology, and geography have contributed original essays to this volume. The contributors include, John K. Whitaker (University of Virginia), Jurgen G. Backhaus (Maastrict University), Stephen Meardon (Williams College), Gura Bhargava (University of Saskatchewan), Carol E. Heirns (University of Massachusetts), Kevin Fox Gotham (Tulane University), David L. McKee and Yosra A. McKee (Kent State), Thorbjorn Knudson (University of Southern Denmark), and other have generated a conceptually original and well edited brew of interesting and indepth analysis.