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Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl

Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is a more than just environmental entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.

Chapter 5: Shanghai and Nantong: the twin cities’ tale of sustainable competitiveness

Ni Pengfei and Cai Shaopeng

Subjects: economics and finance, urban economics, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics


With rapid development of global economic integration and the arrival of the urban age, economic competition among cities in the world has become increasingly fierce. How to enhance a city’s competitiveness and sustainable development better and faster has been brought up as a global hot issue, and hence the concept of urban sustainable competitiveness has attracted the attention of policy makers at all levels of government. Sustainable competitiveness generally includes two aspects, competitiveness and sustainability. Urban competitiveness is a city’s ability, against its rivals, to attract resources, manufacture products and occupy markets, so that it can create more and higher-quality wealth in a better and faster manner with less input, and provide welfare for its residents, in the process of its competition and development. Sustainability refers to the ability of a city to not only ensure current development but also create future long-term competitiveness, so as to promote its sustainable development. Under the competitive pressure of globalization, urban integration and clustering have become important ways to rapidly enhance a city’s sustainable competitiveness. Many geographically adjacent cities in the world are experiencing integration of competition and cooperation. Among them, Shanghai and Nantong, two cities lying at the mouth of the Yangtze River, tell their own story of urban integration.

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