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Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City
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Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City

9781839107474 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US and Co-founder and Past President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 747 4 Extent: 264 pp
This original book examines the experiences cities and urban areas have had with two principal concerns that confront them today: sustainability and competitiveness. Featuring a wide-ranging set of contributions from top researchers, this book discusses and analyzes the issues that different cities face, such as social cohesion, tolerance and cultural diversity, and how this will determine their developmental trajectories through the coming decade. Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City will be an invaluable read for scholars and professors in urban economics and urban studies more broadly, particularly those who are focusing on the importance of sustainability in both areas

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This original book examines the experiences cities and urban areas have had with two principal concerns that confront them today: sustainability and competitiveness.

Focusing on major cities in East Asia, North America, and Western Europe, Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City illuminates the ways in which cities differ not only in their course and stages of development, but in the nature of their economies and their administrative structures. Featuring a wide-ranging set of contributions from top researchers, this book discusses and analyzes the issues that different cities face, such as social cohesion, tolerance and cultural diversity, and how this will determine their developmental trajectories through the coming decade. These issues are explored in relation to contemporary topics including the growing economy of robotics, the rising importance and use of artificial intelligence and the information and communications economy.

Towards a Competitive, Sustainable Modern City will be an invaluable read for scholars and professors in urban economics and urban studies more broadly, particularly those who are focusing on the importance of sustainability in both areas. Its stimulating, yet accessible, approach to the topic and key case studies will also greatly benefit urban planners and economic policy makers looking to improve contemporary cities.
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‘This book brings together contributors from several parts of the world, providing the reader with a large spectrum of approaches on the subject of urban competitiveness and sustainability. While some chapters consider a set of cities at the national or international level, other sections focus instead on specific case studies, from Korea to Mexico or Canada, among the others. Organized by members of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, this work is of sure interest for scholars and policy makers in the area of strategic urban planning and competitiveness.’
– Daniele Ietri, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

‘Competitiveness, sustainability and tolerance. These are three key factors for urban development proposed by this book edited by Peter Kresl. In the “modern city”, economic and technological competitiveness cannot be sustained without environmental sustainability, tolerance and social balance. The reader will find very up-to-date diagnoses about cities that will star in urban growth in the 21st century in India, China, Mexico, South Korea, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. They are carried out by professors from leading universities in each country. A fresh and forward-looking book about the city in the 21st century.’
– Joan Trullén, The Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Contributors
Contributors: E. Blakely, L. Carvalho, C. Dong-Sung, R. Huggins, G.-C. Kim, H.-W. Kim, S. Jianfa, P.K. Kresl, M. Kumar, I. Orihuela, C. Ruiz Durán, A. Scaillerez, S. Singhal, J. Sobrino, P. Thompson, D.-G. Tremblay, L. van den Berg
Contents
Contents:

Introduction viii
PART I THE SUSTAINABLE CITY
1 Towards sustainable urban competitiveness? The role of
organizing capacity and distributed leadership 2
Leo van den Berg and Luis Carvalho
2 The modern city and third places: new sources of sustainable
entrepreneurs and competitiveness 16
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay and Arnaud Scaillerez
3 Urbanization and sustainable urban development in China 38
Shen Jianfa
4 In search of an innovation economic geography 55
Edward Blakely
5 Evaluating the quality of comprehensive plans for urban
resilience: the case of seven metropolitan cities in South Korea 72
Hyun-Woo Kim and Gi-Chan Kim

PART II THE COMPETITIVE CITY
6 “Focused Research University” and “Matrix College”:
Incheon National University’s strategies based on
combination and permutation 90
Cho Dong-Sung
7 Human behavior and economic development: culture,
psychology and the competitiveness of cities and regions 106
Robert Huggins and Piers Thompson
8 Must a competitive city be a tolerant city? 147
Peter Karl Kresl
9 Ecological environment competitiveness in emerging
economies: a case of urban India 160
Shaleen Singhal and Meenakshi Kumar
10 Metropolitan development and geographical deconcentration
in Mexico, 1980–2015 179
Jaime Sobrino
11 Mexico: GVCs network development and the emergence of
interactive cities 200
Clemente Ruiz Durán
12 Mexican cities’ innovative industry and competitiveness in
the age of the modern city: changes between 1993 and 2013 223
Isela Orihuela

Index 241

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