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Changing Cities
Rethinking Urban Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance
 
Series: Cities Texts
 
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07 Apr 2005
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A new conventional wisdom, spanning academic and policy communities, sees a combination of economic competitiveness, social cohesion and responsive governance as essential for survival in the post-1980s world - and cities as crucial to achieving these goals. This interdisciplinary text provides the first critical examination of these ideas, drawing on the UK Cities research programme and other recent research. It combines analysis of the competitiveness-cohesion-governance problematic with examination of the major processes underlying key sectors of the urban economy, physical development, social relations, neighbourhoods and urban policy.


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A new conventional wisdom, spanning academic and policy communities, sees a combination of economic competitiveness, social cohesion and responsive governance as essential for survival in the post-1980s world - and cities as crucial to achieving these goals. This interdisciplinary text provides the first critical examination of these ideas, drawing on the UK Cities research programme and other recent research. It combines analysis of the competitiveness-cohesion-governance problematic with examination of the major processes underlying key sectors of the urban economy, physical development, social relations, neighbourhoods and urban policy.


Reviews

'This book will challenge and stimulate students new to the field. But it will also satisfy older heads looking to have their intellectual curiosity refreshed.... Its analysis and policy lessons will be valuable for researchers and policy-makers alike. In particular its trenchant critique of the 'New Conventional Wisdom' which dominates academic and policy discussion of urban issues at the beginning of the 21st century should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in cities - wherever they live or work.' - Professor Michael Parkinson

'I would not hesitate to recommend the book to academics with an interest in understanding how key issues like competitiveness, cohesion and governance play out on the contemporary scene of urban studies at the beginning of the twenty-first century.' - Acta Sociologica

'[A]n essential read for all those involved in economic development and regeneration at local, regional and national levels and all those involved in the evaluation of the policies' - Judith Rutherford, Local Economy


Contents

Cities in the New Conventional Wisdom; I.Gordon & N.Buck
PART I: CONCEPTS
Cities, Competition and Competitiveness: Identifying New Connections; I.Turok
Social Cohesion in Cities; N.Buck
Governance and Socio-economic Change in Cities; A.Harding
Integrating Cities; I.Gordon
PART II: KEY SECTORS, PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS
Knowledge, Innovation and the Competitiveness of Cities; P.Cooke & J. Simmie
The Locational Dynamics of Financial Services in Regional Cities; N.Bailey & S.French
Urban Dilemmas of Competition and Cohesion in Cultural Policy; K.Bassett, I.Smith, M.Banks & J.O'Connor
Neighbourhoods and Poverty: Linking Place and Social Exclusion; R.Atkinson, N.Buck & K.Kintrea
Gentrification; T.Butler
Governance, Social Cohesion and Neighbourhood Participation; R.Goodlad & R.Meegan
Synchronization, Salesmanship and Service Delivery: Governance and Urban Competitiveness; I.Deas
Urban Properties: Spaces, Places and the Property Business; S.Guy, J.Henneberry & G.Bramley
How Urban Labour Markets Matter; I.Gordon & I.Turok
Conclusion: Moving Beyond the Conventional Wisdom; N.Buck, I.Gordon, A.Harding & I.Turok


Authors

NICK BUCK is Professor and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK.

IAN GORDON is Professor of Human Geography, London School of Economics, UK.

ALAN HARDING is Professor of Urban and Regional Governance and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, Salford University, UK.

IVAN TUROK is Professor of Urban Economic Development, University of Glasgow, UK.