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Urban growth and competitiveness in Britain: a long-run perspective

Barry Moore and Iain Begg

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/9781861344458.003.0006
Urban growth and competitiveness in Britain: a long-run perspective

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This chapter aims to provide fundamental information about the factors that influence the urban growth and competitiveness of cities in Great Britain. It describes the sources, nature, and location of economically successful towns and cities, and identifies the long-term winners and losers in the British urban system. The chapter evaluates the impacts of a city's industrial inheritance and specialisation, the types of companies in it, the city's locational characteristics, the quality of its infrastructure, and the capacity of the city to support innovation and learning. The chapter also highlights the importance of public policy in regulating private-sector activities and providing resources to support and renew different elements of a city's portfolio of assets.

Keywords: urban growth; competitiveness; cities; Great Britain; industrial inheritance; locational characteristics; city infrastructure; public policy; private sector

Chapter.  6818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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