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Planning Cities for the Future
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Planning Cities for the Future

The Successes and Failures of Urban Economic Strategies in Europe

9781845425302 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US
Publication Date: 2007 ISBN: 978 1 84542 530 2 Extent: 192 pp
Planning Cities for the Future links the study of urban economic competitiveness with urban planning and is able to ascertain the crucial factors for success in this area of public policy. These factors include effective governance, leadership and monitoring of performance. The author also reveals how economic turbulence – macro-economic stagnation, the emergence of competitors such as China and Central Europe and the introduction of the euro for example – all have distinct impacts on the economic development of cities. He also suggests that today’s economic strengths may create tomorrow’s social pathologies, a fact which city planners must always keep in mind. Peter Kresl’s book offers examples of cities that got it right and others that did not.

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Peter Kresl brings unique and invaluable empirical evidence, from the early 1990s through to 2005, to examine the relationship between urban competitiveness and economic-strategic planning for ten internationally networked cities within the EU.

Planning Cities for the Future links the study of urban economic competitiveness with urban planning and is able to ascertain the crucial factors for success in this area of public policy. These factors include effective governance, leadership and monitoring of performance. The author also reveals how economic turbulence – macro-economic stagnation, the emergence of competitors such as China and Central Europe and the introduction of the euro for example – all have distinct impacts on the economic development of cities. He also suggests that today’s economic strengths may create tomorrow’s social pathologies, a fact which city planners must always keep in mind. Peter Kresl’s book offers examples of cities that got it right and others that did not.

Scholars and researchers interested in public sector economics, urban economic development and planning as well as city planners themselves will find much to interest and stimulate them in this book.
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‘The book delivers an inspiring, first-hand insight into the state of urban competitiveness and how cities may make the best use of it. . . Kresl gives a well-informed insight into urban problems and related strategies, based on a carefully deployed comparative approach.’
– Markus Hesse, Growth and Change

‘This volume delves into issues overlooked in many texts about the EU and will be useful for courses in European and international studies and local government. Recommended.’
– G.T. Potter, Choice
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Contents: Preface 1. The Urban Context and the Need for Economic–Strategic Planning 2. The Literature on Urban Competitiveness and Strategic–Economic Planning 3. The Economic and Geographic Analysis of Urban Competitiveness 4. The Ten Cities and their Planning at the Outset of the 1990s 5. How these Planning Initiatives Fared During 1992–2005 6. The Ten Cities and their Planning for 2005–2015 7. Lessons from the Past and a Look to the Future Bibliography Index
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