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City mattersCompetitiveness, cohesion and urban governance$
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Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
City matters

Michael Parkinson

Martin Boddy

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   cities research, Great Britain, urban change, social exclusion, social cohesion, neighbourhood, ethnic communities, governance, leadership, social capital

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