‘This powerful and timely new book challenges the prevailing orthodoxy within urban studies. It blends diverse theories, international experience and a global viewpoint. Students of urban economics, real estate and planning will find it a refreshing alternative to the standard texts.’
Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney
‘Presents an alternative map of urban economics. Obeng-Odoom's command of the facts, eye for absurdity, and appreciation of the balance between heterodox and orthodox slants makes his book the most authoritative, educative and inspiring text on the subject.'
Paul Alagidede, University of the Witwatersrand
‘A lively and up-to-date introduction to urban economics, which will encourage readers to think outside-the-box on a topic which is too important for our collective future to be left to urban specialists alone.’
Charles Gore, author of Regions in Question
‘A major contribution to the urban economics of the built environment and a thoughtful counterbalance to mainstream neoclassical and neoliberal framing of urban systems.’
Richard Grant, University of Miami
‘Obeng-Odoom throws down the gauntlet by challenging the dominant voices in urban economics who assure us that a market equilibrium will bring about a happy result for everyone. Without any of the sound and fury of a self-proclaimed prophet, Obeng-Odoom quietly shows us that African thought has the potential to begin to heal the rifts in Eurocentric thought, rifts that continue to cause great suffering in the world.’
Clifford Cobb, editor of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology
‘A welcome addition to the existing literature on urban and property economics. I would recommend this book to both students and seasoned scholars of urban and land economy and urban development more generally.’
Ramin Keivani, Oxford Brookes University
'Reconstructing Urban Economics is a most welcome addition to the canon of progressive urban scholarship and Obeng-Odoom is its well qualified author.'
Journal of Australian Political Economy
'Obeng-Odoom joins a long list of thoughtful analysts and social reformers ... who have sought to keep the proposals of Henry George in the public dialogue.'
Land and Liberty
'The book reminds us that issues of the urban question around spatial
inequality in terms of housing, transport, jobs or other metrics, are issues
that have historical precedents, are trans-national and trans-cultural … So
when politicians, think-tanks, industry peak bodies, or universities offer
simple solutions that promote the status quo, books like this one help us to
articulate our rebuttals.'
Australian Universities’ Review
'A significant new book on urban political economic analysis, issues and policy … Obeng-Odoom rightly criticises the prevailing Anglo- American bias in urban studies and makes an effective case for drawing on post-colonial perspectives that offer a better means of understanding the challenges faced by developing nations.'
Urban Policy and Research
'An invaluable compendium of information for anyone wishing to become acquainted with the most recent and most important publications on urban economics.'
'Obeng-Odoom’s attempt to challenge the dominant perspective in urban economics deserves praise and recognition ... highly recommended reading for students and researchers of urban studies.'
'Recommended for readers who seek a heterodox perspective on urban economics.'
'[The] book has substantial merit. It provides a useful set of counter-arguments to the received wisdom on urban economics and the built environment. As such, it has the potential to broaden theoretical and practical perspectives on a topic where quite narrow views often predominate.'