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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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Sources of city prosperity and cohesion: the case of Glasgow and Edinburgh

Sources of city prosperity and cohesion: the case of Glasgow and Edinburgh

Chapter:
(p.12) (p.13) Two Sources of city prosperity and cohesion: the case of Glasgow and Edinburgh
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City matters
Author(s):

Ivan Turok

Nick Bailey

Rowland Atkinson

Glen Bramley

Iain Docherty

Ken Gibb

Robina Goodlad

Annette Hastings

Keith Kintrea

Karryn Kirk

Joe Leibovitz

Bill Lever

Jimmy Morgan

Ronan Paddison

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0002

This chapter examines the sources of social cohesion and prosperity in the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. It analyses the contrasting performance and very different trajectories of these two neighbouring cities over the last two decades and evaluates the relationship between them. The findings suggest that while Glasgow has experienced major economic decline during this period, Edinburgh has emerged as a highly economically successful capital city. The chapter also discusses the importance of social cohesion to economic growth.

Keywords:   social cohesion, prosperity, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland, economic decline, capital city, economic growth

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