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European Cities and Global Competitiveness

European Cities and Global Competitiveness

Strategies for Improving Performance

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri

The volume begins with an Introduction, followed by a set of three papers in Part Two examining European urban competitiveness from the standpoints of measurement and policy. This section also provides a case study of the cities of one country – Italy – from which the reader can gain an understanding of the current position of European cities as well as what might be possible going forward. Experience has shown that perhaps the most crucial element in competitiveness enhancement is good and effective governance. To that end, Part Three examines structural aspects of urban government, including polycentric regions, wide metropolitan cooperation, the role of social actors and territorial aggregation. Part Four treats issues of innovation from two perspectives and provides a case study from Eindhoven, while also covering social issues such as demographics, participation, social exclusion and mobility.

Chapter 3: Italian cities and global urban competitiveness

Pengfei Ni

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, urban economics, geography, cities, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics


Today, with half of the world population living in cities, we are stepping into the era of urbanization, and cities are becoming the main location for working and living. Since the 1990s, information technology and economic globalization have thoroughly altered the concepts of time and space, as well as decisions and arrangements concerning the global economy, technology and social activities. Global cities have become more and more important, and the international competition of cities is also becoming more intensified. Improving the environment of cities, attracting more talents, industry, technology and investment to benefit the people, and promoting the global urban competitiveness have become the focus of mayors of cities throughout the world, the enterprise and all people.

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