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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Urban Economies

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Jaime Sobrino

In this timely Handbook, seventeen renowned contributors from Asia, the Americas and Europe provide chapters that deal with some of the most intriguing and important aspects of research methodologies on cities and urban economies.

Chapter 11: Evaluation of strategic planning excercises

Peter Karl Kresl

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, regional economics, urban economics, politics and public policy, public policy, research methods, research methods in economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics, regional studies, research methods in urban and regional studies, urban economics, urban studies


City leaders should be in a continual effort to enhance the competitiveness of the local economy. Residents may want higher incomes or more satisfying lives or better futures for their children, and so forth. City leaders have an obligation to utilize the resources and assets of the city in a way that will enable residents to realize the future to which they aspire. Strategic Economic Planning (SEP) is the mechanism that they utilize to this end, whether or not they refer to it in this way. In this chapter we will examine SEP in a way that will clarify the options available to city leaders in this effort. We will begin by distinguishing SEP from other forms of urban planning; second, we will examine various approaches to the planning unit – the city or something more extensive; third, the characteristics of the city warrants some discussion; fourth, we will review the need for planning in the contemporary context; fifth, we will review the literature regarding the basic elements of SEP; sixth, it will be instructive to study some successes and failures in SEP; seventh, we will highlight some of the lessons for SEP from the experiences of several urban areas; finally, we will examine how SEP must confront the issues of the near future.

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