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Urban Competitiveness and Innovation

Edited by Pengfei Ni, Professor of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China and Zheng Qiongjie, Nanjing Academy of Social Sciences, Jiangsu, China
Against the backdrop of today’s climate of economic globalization and the rapid development of information, this timely book explores the complex concept of competitiveness between cities.

The expert contributors illustrate that innovation is a prerequisite for increasing urban competitiveness, and highlight the various ways that urban innovation-based competitiveness can be approached.
Extent: 296 pp
Hardback Price: $133.00 Web: $119.70
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78100 791 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Urban Economics
Against the backdrop of today’s climate of economic globalization and the rapid development of information, this timely book explores the complex concept of competitiveness between cities.

The expert contributors illustrate that innovation is a prerequisite for increasing urban competitiveness, and highlight the various ways that urban innovation-based competitiveness can be approached. Themes explored include:

• industrial clusters
• competitiveness between major cities
• local policy and competition enhancement
• governance to combat global climate change
• innovation in urban policy and collaboration between cities
• cluster theory and cluster-based economic development policy
• the strategic shift towards domestic markets and service enhancement.

Scholars and policymakers in the fields of economics, public sector economics, innovation, technology and urban competitiveness will find this book to be an enlightening read.
‘Social science researchers interested in urban evolution will be interested in this book. City decision-makers will also find the book’s insights into approaches for address-ing city challenges useful. . . The authors succeed in providing valuable analyses based on a set of indexes, case studies, and other methods. The book is especially useful for providing a rich set of details about the progress that cities are making to inform policy through evidence-based analysis.’
– Stephanie S. Shipp, Science & Public Policy
Contributors: E.Braun, M. Cointreau, G. Ferrari, F. Gipouloux, H. Ichikawa, L. Kai, L. Kamal-Chaoui, P.K. Kresl, W.F. Lever, S. Mollica, P. Ni, Z. Qiongjie, W. Shaokun, J. Shen, J. Sobrino, P. J. Taylor, L. van den Berg, W. van Winden, H. Wolman, M. Zhang
Contents:

1. Introduction
Ni Pengfei and Zheng Qiongjie

PART I: URBAN COMPETITIVENESS
2. Chinese Cities and Global Urban Competitiveness
Pengfei Ni, Wei Shaokun, Liu Kai and Zheng Qiongjie

3. Better Cities, Better Planet: Examples of Governing Against climate change from OECD Countries
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui and Margo Cointreau

4. The Strategic Shift Toward Domestic Market, Service Enhancement, and Urban Competitiveness in China
François Gipouloux

PART II: URBAN COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION
5. Enhancing the Innovation Based Urban Competitiveness
Guido Ferrari

6. Enhancing Urban Competitiveness through Innovative Growth Clusters
Leo Van Den Berg, Erik Braun and Wiliem Van Winden

7. Innovation in Urban Policy; Collaboration Rather than Competition between Cities
William F. Lever

8. What Can Cities Do to Enhance Competitiveness? Local Policies and Actions for Innovation
Zhang Ming

PART III: WORLD CITIES
9. Competition and Cooperation between Cities in Globalization
Peter Taylor

10. Global Power City Index-Comprehensive Power of Cities to Enhance their Competitiveness
Hiroo Ichikawa

11. Urban Development in Hong Kong and its Regional Integration with Pearl River Delta 1978–2009
Shen Jianfa

PART IV: URBAN COMPETITIVENESS AND INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS
12. A Development Officer’s Guide to Clusters
Peter Karl Kresl

13. Cultural Policies and Local Development Strategies: The Cultural District of Caserta, Italy
Stefano Mollica

14. Economic Competitiveness, Clusters, and Cluster-Based Development
Hal Wolman

15. Urban Competitiveness and Industrial Clusters in Mexico
Janime Sobrino

Afterwords