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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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Competitiveness and cohesion in a prosperous city-region: the case of Bristol

Competitiveness and cohesion in a prosperous city-region: the case of Bristol

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(p.50) (p.51) Four Competitiveness and cohesion in a prosperous city-region: the case of Bristol
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City matters
Author(s):

Martin Boddy

Keith Bassett

Shaun French

Ron Griffiths

Christine Lambert

Andrew Leyshon

Ian Smith

Murray Stewart

Nigel Thrift

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0004

This chapter examines the social cohesion and competitiveness in the prosperous city-region of Bristol, England. It provides a brief account of patterns of economic and social change and shifts in the spatial structure of the city-region, including edge-of-city expansion, and evaluates the role of the financial services, cultural, and media sector in economic growth. The chapter also discusses the role of policy and governance in shaping the city-region, and explores the roots of competitive strength and the interaction between competitiveness and cohesion.

Keywords:   social cohesion, competitiveness, city-region, Bristol, England, economic change, social change, economic growth, financial services

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