Competitiveness as cohesion: social capital and the knowledge economy

Philip Cooke

in City matters

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301868 | DOI:
Competitiveness as cohesion: social capital and the knowledge economy

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This chapter discusses the meaning of place competitiveness and evaluates the extent to which social capital in areas and between firms can be exploited to encourage increased competitiveness. This work is an initial attempt to measure economic competitiveness within the regions and localities of Great Britain in a manner that will, in the future, be repeatable and replicable. The findings reveal that economic and societal inequalities, divisions, and segmentation are a highly negative feature of Britain's current make-up and that they are increasingly becoming geographically polarised as the most competitive firms and industries limit their activities to a relatively small number of localities.

Keywords: place competitiveness; social capital; firms; economic competitiveness; Great Britain; economic equalities; social inequalities

Chapter.  7747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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