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Title Competitive cities in the global economy / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Published Paris : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (445 pages) : maps, charts
Series OECD territorial reviews
OECD territorial reviews.
Contents The emerging role of metropolitan regions -- Competitiveness, liveability and strategic vision -- 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 countries' averages. But the urban paradox is that cities also harbor 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, policymakers are rethinking the strategies to keep these "engines" running smoothly. This book is a synthesis report drawing from OECD metropolitan reviews. Based on an 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.--Publisher abstract
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-445)
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Cities and towns -- Growth -- Planning.
Community development -- Case studies.
Metropolitan government -- Case studies.
Sustainable development.
Urban economics.
Urbanization -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
ISBN 9264027092 (electronic bk.)
9789264027091 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles French title on t.p. verso: Examens territoriaux de l'OCDE : villes, compétitivé et mondialisation