Recasting the City into City-Regions: Place Promotion, Competitiveness Benchmarking and the Quest for Urban Supremacy

22 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2007  

Francis J. Greene

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Paul Tracey

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Marc Cowling

University of Sussex - Institute for Employment Studies

Abstract

This essay critically examines twenty-two studies designed to measure the competitiveness of cities and city-regions. We suggest that while this research may show statistical correlations between different dimensions of competitiveness, there is little in the way of causation. More fundamentally, our main point is to question the utility of such studies. Regional disparities in terms of wealth and living standards are well known; simply recasting the spatial scale to the city or the city-region does not change the underlying fundamentals of regional performance.

Suggested Citation

Greene, Francis J. and Tracey, Paul and Cowling, Marc, Recasting the City into City-Regions: Place Promotion, Competitiveness Benchmarking and the Quest for Urban Supremacy. Growth and Change, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 1-22, March 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1061838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2257.2007.00350.x

Francis J. Greene (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Paul Tracey

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Marc Cowling

University of Sussex - Institute for Employment Studies ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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