Political Economies of Landscape Change

Places of Integrative Power

  • James L. WescoatJr
  • Douglas M. Johnston

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 89)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Landscapes of Struggle, Possibility and Prosperity

  3. Political and Economic Driving Forces of Landscape Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 90-90
    2. Susan E. Clarke
      Pages 91-109
    3. Tom P. Evans, Abigail M. York, Elinor Ostrom
      Pages 111-129
  4. Integrative Landscape Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 168-168
    2. Douglas Johnston, James L. Wescoat Jr
      Pages 195-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-221

About this book


"Places of Power" contributes to the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Futures Initiative, which explores driving forces of landscape change that societies and designers will face in the 21st century.

Politics and economics exert profoundly important, and dynamic, influences on land use, landcover, and landscape experience. Likewise, landscapes shape political economies from the site to global scales.

This book examines the complex relationships between political economy and landscape change. It encompasses perspectives ranging from radical landscape interpretation to sustainable livelihoods, real estate economics, institutions, international landscape policies, and global finance. It asks what difference "design", can make within the broader structural contexts of landscape change.

The perspectives in this book share a common concern for what economist and futurist Kenneth Boulding termed "integrative power" – the power of human solidarity, respect, and love – to direct political and economic change toward paths of sustainable landscape design. They speak to landscape architects, planners, urbanists, geographers, and social scientists about some of the most pressing issues of our times.


Environmental economics European Union (EU) Geography Human Geography Integrative Power Landscape Architecture Landscape Change Political Economy development organization production

Editors and affiliations

  • James L. WescoatJr
    • 1
  • Douglas M. Johnston
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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