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Urban competitiveness : Policies for dynamic cities - Iain Begg

Urban competitiveness

Policies for dynamic cities

By: Iain Begg (Editor)

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Published: 27th February 2002
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Following publication of the government's White Paper on cities (2000), the question of what makes some cities more successful than others has become an increasingly important policy issue. This title tackles this question from differing perspectives. Although previous work has explored particular facets of competitiveness, this volume does so in a systematic way that combines theory, evidence and policy implications. Bringing together leading experts on urban economic performance, it provides a new look at the issue of urban competitiveness and offers new insights into the factors that shape competitiveness. The research findings are based mainly on the extensive Economic and Social Research Council funded "Cities: competitiveness and cohesion" research programme. Drawing on these findings, the book: looks at the concept of competitiveness in an urban context and develops new approaches to analysing what makes cities perform well or badly; presents new empirical evidence on the performance of cities and on the determinants of competitiveness; explores key policy issues including the interplay between the planning system and urban competitiveness and the links between social policy and economic performance. "Urban competitiveness" will be of great interest to policy makers and practitioners involved in urban regeneration, and to academics interested in the study of the performance of cities.

"Acceptance that urban competitiveness is a key issue for national as well as local communities has run well ahead of understanding of what such competitiveness actually involves, both conceptually and empirically. This collection of papers represents a substantial step forward on both counts and deserves a wide readership among policy-makers as well as students." Ian Gordon, London School of Economics

List of tables and figures
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Shaping competitiveness
The knowledge base and the competitive cityp. 11
Linking competitiveness and cohesionp. 33
Competitiveness and the social fabric: links and tensions in citesp. 55
The property sector and its role in shaping urban competitiveness: a selective review of literature and evidencep. 81
Trends in city competitiveness
Long-run trends in the competitiveness of British citiesp. 101
Dimensions of city competitiveness: Edinburgh and Glasgow in a UK contextp. 135
Innovation and clustering in the London metropolitan regionp. 161
Locating the competitive city in Englandp. 191
The enhancement of urban economic competitiveness: the case of Montrealp. 211
Policy Issues
Urban networks and the new economy: the impact of clusters on planning for growthp. 233
Policies to uncover the competitive advantages of America's distressed citiesp. 257
Managing urban development: land-use planning and city competitivenessp. 283
Conclusions and policy implicationsp. 311
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781861343574
ISBN-10: 1861343574
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th February 2002
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45