This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the programme for cities research in Great Britain. This book presents findings from four integrated city studies that formed a major component of the programme as a whole, and examines competitiveness and urban change at the level of the urban system as a whole. It discusses innovation and the competitive strength of urban areas and evaluates the role of space, place, and location in relation to social exclusion and cohesion and the internal structure and function of urban areas at neighbourhood level. The book also explores different aspects of the economic and social experiences of ethnic communities in British cities and discusses the issues of governance, leadership, and social capital.
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