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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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Urban growth and competitiveness in Britain: a long-run perspective

Urban growth and competitiveness in Britain: a long-run perspective

(p.92) (p.93) Six Urban growth and competitiveness in Britain: a long-run perspective
City matters

Barry Moore

Iain Begg

Policy Press

This chapter aims to provide fundamental information about the factors that influence the urban growth and competitiveness of cities in Great Britain. It describes the sources, nature, and location of economically successful towns and cities, and identifies the long-term winners and losers in the British urban system. The chapter evaluates the impacts of a city's industrial inheritance and specialisation, the types of companies in it, the city's locational characteristics, the quality of its infrastructure, and the capacity of the city to support innovation and learning. The chapter also highlights the importance of public policy in regulating private-sector activities and providing resources to support and renew different elements of a city's portfolio of assets.

Keywords:   urban growth, competitiveness, cities, Great Britain, industrial inheritance, locational characteristics, city infrastructure, public policy, private sector

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