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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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Cities are not isolated states

Cities are not isolated states

(p.129) Eight Cities are not isolated states
City matters

Paul Cheshire

Stefano Magrini

Francesca Medda

Vassilis Monastiriotis

Policy Press

This chapter explores how British cities located near each other affect one another, and evaluates the impacts of economically more successful cites on their near neighbours. The findings indicate that the responsiveness of commuting flows to differential opportunities between cities diminishes with the commuting time between them and that there is a systematic interaction between the rates of growth of European Functional Urban Regions (FURs) and that the strength of this interaction diminishes with time distance between them. The chapter also discusses some of the welfare and policy implications of the process of real economic interaction and systematic adjustment between the economies of the European Union's major cities, which are a part of larger urbanised regions.

Keywords:   British cities, commuting flows, FURs, welfare, policy, economic interaction, European Union

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