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Title Competitive cities in the global economy
Published Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, [2006]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  307.76 Org/Cci  AVAILABLE
Description 445 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Series OECD territorial reviews
OECD territorial reviews.
Contents 1. The emerging role of metropolitan regions -- 2. Competitiveness, liveability and strategic vision -- 3. The governance of metro-regions
Summary Urban areas are now home to more than half the population of OECD countries. Megacities like Tokyo with more than 35 million people and Mexico with about 18.5 million, and large agglomerations such as Montreal, Helsinki, Madrid and Stockholm are often called 'engines of national growth'. They represent an important part of the national economy (up to 50% for Budapest, Seoul and Helsinki) and feature higher GDP per capita and productivity levels than their country's average. But there is also an urban paradox as cities also harbour large pockets of unemployment and poverty and suffer from ills such as congestion, pollution and crime. So are urban regions sustainable in the long term? Balancing the economic advantages of cities with their accompanying problems, policy makers are rethinking the strategies to keep these 'engines' running smoothly. Competitive Cities in the Global Economy is a synthesis report drawing from OECD metropolitan reviews. Based on a unique international database of 78 metro-regions, it provides indications related to large cities' performance within their countries. The report also addresses key dilemmas, including competitiveness and social cohesion, intergovernmental relationships and urban finance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-445)
Notes Available both in print and online
Subject Cities and towns -- OECD countries.
Urbanization -- OECD countries.
Author Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
LC no. 2007397102
ISBN 9264027084