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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

in City matters

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0004
Competitiveness and cohesion in a prosperous city-region: the case of Bristol

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This chapter examines the social cohesion and competitiveness in the prosperous city-region of Bristol, England. It provides a brief account of patterns of economic and social change and shifts in the spatial structure of the city-region, including edge-of-city expansion, and evaluates the role of the financial services, cultural, and media sector in economic growth. The chapter also discusses the role of policy and governance in shaping the city-region, and explores the roots of competitive strength and the interaction between competitiveness and cohesion.

Keywords: social cohesion; competitiveness; city-region; Bristol; England; economic change; social change; economic growth; financial services

Chapter.  8289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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