Longworth / Caught in the Middle

The Midwest and Globalization

Above: Richard Longworth, Caught in the Middle. Found via the Chicago Tribune article by Hugh Dellios, Midwest must unify to compete in global economy, researchers say. Here is another review of the book via the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, who are also hosting a conference this week, Global Midwest Initiative.

Being new to the region, I was struck by Longworth’s comment, quoted in the article,
“At the forum, Longworth said he was ‘amazed’ during travels around the region at how balkanized it seemed, with ‘an almost mindless competitiveness between states, businesses and universities at a time when Europe and other regions of the world are banding together to seek force in numbers.’”

As Delios points out, the timing of this topic could not be more controversial, given the global economic crisis, but the ideas are worth looking into.




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