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Competitive cities in the global economy

Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Publisher: Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006.
Series: OECD territorial reviews.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Urban areas are now home to more than half the population of OECD countries. Megacities like Tokyo with more than 35 million people and Mexico with about 18.5 million, and large agglomerations such as Montreal, Helsinki, Madrid and Stockholm are often called "engines of national growth." They represent an important part of the national economy (up to 50% for Budapest, Seoul and Helsinki) and feature higher GDP per  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
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Competitive cities in the global economy.
Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006
(OCoLC)80323396
Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
ISBN: 9789264027091 9264027092
OCLC Number: 85831139
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (445 pages) : maps, charts.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Executive Summary --
The Emerging Role of Metropolitan Regions --
Competitiveness, Liveability and Strategic Vision --
The Governance of Metro-regions --
Appendixes --
Introduction --
Mainsprings of the Creative City: Lessons for Policy-makers --
Globalisation and Urban Competitiveness: Challenges for Different Types of Urban Regions --
Specialisation and Networking in Medium-sized Cities --
The Impact of Tertiary Education on Urban Development --
Policies to Enhance City Attractiveness: Achievements and New Challenges --
The Connections Between Social Cohesion and City Competitiveness --
Labour Market Integration Policies to Enhance Social Cohesion --
Can Distressed Urban Areas Become Growth Poles? --
Cohesion and Competitiveness: Business Leadership for Regional Growth and Social Equity --
Governance for Metropolitan Sustainability --
Local Public Finance: Issues for Metropolitan Regions.
Series Title: OECD territorial reviews.
Other Titles: Examens territoriaux de l'OCDE :
Responsibility: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Abstract:

Urban areas are now home to more than half the population of OECD countries. Megacities like Tokyo with more than 35 million people and Mexico with about 18.5 million, and large agglomerations such as Montreal, Helsinki, Madrid and Stockholm are often called "engines of national growth." They represent an important part of the national economy (up to 50% for Budapest, Seoul and Helsinki) and feature higher GDP per capita and productivity levels than their countries' averages. But the urban paradox is that cities also harbor large pockets of unemployment and poverty and suffer from ills such as congestion, pollution and crime. So are urban regions sustainable in the long term? Balancing the economic advantages of cities with their accompanying problems, policymakers are rethinking the strategies to keep these "engines" running smoothly. This book is a synthesis report drawing from OECD metropolitan reviews. Based on an international database of 78 metro-regions, it provides indications related to large cities' performance within their countries. The report also addresses key dilemmas, including competitiveness and social cohesion, intergovernmental relationships and urban finance. "This is a 'must read' publication, not only for those who already believe in the key importance of urban policy, but even more so for those who remain to be convinced. "Alberto Ruiz-Gallardan, Mayor of Madrid, Spain "The most comprehensive examination of the territorial dimension underlying economic growth today." Saskia Sassen, author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2006). With the nation-state and the corporation seen as the world's two competing economic and social units, the regional economy is often overlooked. It's refreshing to see such detailed attention paid to its role as the real motor force of international growth."Richard Florida, author of The Flight of the Creative Class. "This report on cities demonstrates that economic prosperity and social well-being are inseparable."Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of Labour, Social Cohesion and Housing, France. "A striking report that will force governments to reconsider their urban agenda". Dr. Giulio Santagata, Minister of Government's Programmes, Italy. This report provides invaluable advice for policy makers as our cities grapple with profound change."David Crane, Columnist on Global Issues, The Toronto Star.

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