A new conventional wisdom, spanning academic and policy communities, sees a combination of economic competitiveness, social cohes...
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A new conventional wisdom, spanning academic and policy communities, sees a combination of economic competitiveness, social cohesion and responsive governance as essential for survival in the post-1980s world - and cities as crucial to achieving these goals. This interdisciplinary text provides the first critical examination of these ideas, drawing on the UK Cities research programme and other recent research. It combines analysis of the competitiveness-cohesion-governance problematic with examination of the major processes underlying key sectors of the urban economy, physical development, social relations, neighbourhoods and urban policy.
NICK BUCK is Professor and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK.
Cities in the New Conventional Wisdom; I.Gordon & N.Buck PART I: CONCEPTS Cities, Competition and Competitiveness: Identifying New Connections; I.Turok Social Cohesion in Cities; N.Buck Governance and Socio-economic Change in Cities; A.Harding Integrating Cities; I.Gordon PART II: KEY SECTORS, PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS Knowledge, Innovation and the Competitiveness of Cities; P.Cooke & J. Simmie The Locational Dynamics of Financial Services in Regional Cities; N.Bailey & S.French Urban Dilemmas of Competition and Cohesion in Cultural Policy; K.Bassett, I.Smith, M.Banks & J.O'Connor Neighbourhoods and Poverty: Linking Place and Social Exclusion; R.Atkinson, N.Buck & K.Kintrea Gentrification; T.Butler Governance, Social Cohesion and Neighbourhood Participation; R.Goodlad & R.Meegan Synchronization, Salesmanship and Service Delivery: Governance and Urban Competitiveness; I.Deas Urban Properties: Spaces, Places and the Property Business; S.Guy, J.Henneberry & G.Bramley How Urban Labour Markets Matter; I.Gordon & I.Turok Conclusion: Moving Beyond the Conventional Wisdom; N.Buck, I.Gordon, A.Harding & I.Turok.
Rethinking Urban Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance