Competitive Cities

Marisol Garcia and Dennis R. Judd

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Competitive Cities


This article discusses the qualities of the so-called competitive cities. It explains that the concept of the competitive city became relevant to comparative urban scholarship in the 1980s and 1990s because of the impact of deindustrialization and globalization. These developments destroyed the urban hierarchy of the industrial era and cities were plunged into a fight for survival in an expanding global arena. The article also discusses the relation between political culture and strategies of competition, describes the situation of competitive cities under globalization, and evaluates theoretical approaches to urban competition.

Keywords: competitive cities; deindustrialization; globalization; urban hierarchy; political culture; strategies of competition; urban competition

Article.  6864 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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