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.
Edited by Pengfei Ni, Professor of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China and Zheng Qiongjie, Nanjing Academy of Social Sciences, Jiangsu, China
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 Francois 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