Cities between Competitiveness and Cohesion: Discourses, by Peter Ache, Hans Thor Andersen, Thomas Maloutas, Mike Raco,

By Peter Ache, Hans Thor Andersen, Thomas Maloutas, Mike Raco, Tuna Taşan-Kok

The e-book is the results of a value motion financed via the eu technological know-how starting place. It analyses the major options, principles and methods riding competitiveness and harmony agendas throughout Europe and demonstrates the consequences and the consequences of up to date city regeneration rules and politics in Europe. The case research fabric guarantees that a detailed figuring out of coverage techniques is conveyed to readers, and a focus is attracted to the issues and paradoxes of coverage, but additionally to the chances for coverage innovation and studying throughout nationwide and disciplinary borders. the fabric a.o. reports the towns of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Bratislava, Istanbul, Maribor, London, Rotterdam, Vienna, and Zurich. particular coverage fields that are checked out relate to housing, labour markets, organizations, integration of ethnical teams, city regeneration, or delivery. The publication exhibits that spatial and concrete coverage remains to be a key web site of coverage intervention and experimentation. varied nationwide welfare platforms, political cultures, and socio-economic stipulations mix and recombine to handle coverage difficulties and possibilities. jointly, the authors argue that the tested coverage tasks mirror and reproduce those broader alterations and moving methods of considering the best relationships among electorate, companies, and the state.

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We have selected: (1) that different societal levels are at stake and that the effects of cohesion can contradict each other according to the level at which cohesion is strong; (2) the relation between strong and weak ties (or bridging and binding forms of social cohesion6 ); (3) that the increasing diversity of city life needs new routines and adapted forms of solidarity in order to establish communication and trust, and (4) that ‘shared utility’ – self-preservation and sound self-interest – contributes to solidarity.

Such conflicts – or competition, to use the more generic term – would then stimulate the introduction and diffusion of innovations, especially when they are likely to increase the power of one of the competing groups. 22 J. Vranken Competition may also lead to an increase in the size and complexity of the entities involved, such as is the case with the establishment of monopolies when small firms are driven out of the market. A comparable illustration could be found in the development of networks of cities to outmanoeuvre other candidates for world events.

Chapter 10). The result of competition oriented policies is far from clear, as is shown in the analysis of German ‘entrepreneurial’ cities (cf. Chapter 5). Since the early 1990s being an entrepreneurial city (and most recently being a creative capitalist city) is a widely shared currency between city administrators and politicians attracting high attention and consequently binding many resources. An entrepreneurial style can result in more jobs and therefore open opportunities for integration through labour markets, as some of the findings show.

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