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City matters: Competitiveness, cohesion and urban governance

Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson


This book provides a review of the findings of the largest-ever programme of cities research in the UK, the Economic and Social Research Council's ‘Cities: Competitiveness and Cohesion programme’. Chapters present the findings of this wide-ranging programme, organised around the themes of competitiveness, social cohesion, and the role of policy and governance. The book develops understanding of key processes, issues, and concepts critical to cities and urban change, and examines a large body of evidence on a wide range of policy issues at the heart of current debates about the performance of c ... More

Keywords: competitiveness, social cohesion, role of policy, role of governance, cities, urban change, urban renaissance, cities research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Boddy, editor

Michael Parkinson, editor

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One Introduction

Michael Parkinson, and Martin Boddy

Part One: Competitiveness, cohesion and urban governance

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

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, and Ronan Paddison

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

Martin Boddy, Keith Bassett, Shaun French, Ron Griffiths, Christine Lambert, Andrew Leyshon, Ian Smith, Murray Stewart, and Nigel Thrift

Five London: competitiveness, cohesion and the policy environment

Ian Gordon, Belinda Brown, Nick Buck, Peter Hall, Michael Harloe, Mark Kleinman, Karen O’Reilly, Gareth Potts, Laura Smethurst, and Jo Sparkes

Part Two: Competitiveness and urban change

Eight Cities are not isolated states

Paul Cheshire, Stefano Magrini, Francesca Medda, and Vassilis Monastiriotis

Part Three: Competitiveness, innovation and the knowledge economy

Part Four: Housing, property and economic performance

Part Five: Space, place and social cohesion

Fourteen The ‘good’ suburb as an urban asset in enhancing a city’s competitiveness

Peter Halfpenny, Nadia Joanne Britton, Fiona Devine, and Rosemary Mellor

Part Six: Ethnicity, enterprise and social cohesion

Eighteen Youth employment, racialised gendering and school–work transitions

Sophie Bowlby, Sally Lloyd Evans, and Clare Roche

Part Seven: Leadership, governance and social capital

Nineteen Leadership and partnership in urban governance: evidence from London, Bristol and Glasgow

David Sweeting, Robin Hambleton, Chris Huxham, Murray Stewart, and Siv Vangen

Twenty One Voluntary organisations and the generation of social capital in city politics

Gerry Stoker, Graham Smith, William Maloney, and Stephen Young


Twenty Two Competitiveness, cohesion and urban governance

Martin Boddy, and Michael Parkinson

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