Planning Cities for the Future

Planning Cities for the Future

The Successes and Failures of Urban Economic Strategies in Europe

Peter Karl Kresl

Planning Cities for the Future links the study of urban economic competitiveness with urban planning and is able to ascertain the crucial factors for success in this area of public policy. These factors include effective governance, leadership and monitoring of performance. The author also reveals how economic turbulence – macro-economic stagnation, the emergence of competitors such as China and Central Europe and the introduction of the euro for example – all have distinct impacts on the economic development of cities. He also suggests that today’s economic strengths may create tomorrow’s social pathologies, a fact which city planners must always keep in mind. Peter Kresl’s book offers examples of cities that got it right and others that did not.

About the author

Peter Karl Kresl

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

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Peter Karl Kresl is Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics and Professor of International Relations at Bucknell University (USA), where he has taught since 1969. His Ph.D. was from the University of Texas (Austin) and he has a BA from Roosevelt University and an MA from Northern Illinois University. His teaching and research interests are in international economics, CanadianAmerican relations, the European integration process, cultural policy, and urban and regional economics. He has been visiting professor or researcher at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business, Lund University (Sweden), Carleton University (Canada), the University of Vermont and McGill University (Canada), where he was Seagram Visiting International Researcher. His articles have appeared in many journals, including Urban Studies, the Journal of European Integration, the American Review of Canadian Studies, and his books include, with Sylvain Gallais, France Encounters Globalization (Edward Elgar, 2002) and, with Earl Fry, The Urban Response to Internationalization (Edward Elgar, 2005); The Urban Economy and Regional Trade Liberalization (Praeger, 1992); and he has co-edited, with Gary Gappert, North American Cities and the Global Economy (Sage, 1995). He is, with Ni Pengfei, co-founder and currently director of the Urban Competitiveness Project. The research for this book was largely conducted while he was visiting researcher at the International Center for Economic Research, in Turin, Italy. vi