Cities between Competitiveness and Cohesion

Discourses, Realities and Implementation

  • Peter Ache
  • Hans Thor Andersen
  • Thomas Maloutas
  • Mike Raco
  • Tuna Taşan-Kok

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Discourses and Conceptualizations of Competitiveness and Cohesion

  3. Analyzing the Competitiveness of Cities and Regions

  4. Detecting Social Cohesion in Cities and Regions

  5. Practice of the Competitiveness and Cohesion Discourse in Urban and Regional Development

  6. Reconciling Competitiveness and Cohesion – Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-299

About this book


The book is the result of a COST Action financed by the European Science Foundation. It analyses the key concepts, ideas and processes driving competitiveness and cohesion agendas across Europe and demonstrates the implications and the effects of contemporary urban regeneration policies and politics in Europe. The case study material ensures that an in depth understanding of policy processes is conveyed to readers, and attention is drawn to the problems and paradoxes of policy, but also to the possibilities for policy innovation and learning across national and disciplinary borders. The material a.o. studies the cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Bratislava, Istanbul, Maribor, London, Rotterdam, Vienna, and Zurich. Specific policy fields which are looked at relate to housing, labour markets, enterprises, integration of ethnical groups, urban regeneration, or transport. The book shows that spatial and urban policy continues to be a key site of policy intervention and experimentation. Different national welfare systems, political cultures, and socio-economic conditions combine and recombine to address policy problems and opportunities. Collectively, the authors argue that the examined policy initiatives reflect and reproduce these broader changes and shifting ways of thinking about the appropriate relationships between citizens, businesses, and the state.


Economic Competitiveness Evolution Migration Re-Scaling Geographies Sector Policy (Housing, Labour Markets, Industrial, Transpor Social Cohension Urban and Regional Policy development population

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Ache
    • 1
  • Hans Thor Andersen
    • 2
  • Thomas Maloutas
    • 3
  • Mike Raco
    • 4
  • Tuna Taşan-Kok
    • 5
  1. 1.Helsinki University of TechnologyHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.University of ThessalyVolosGreece
  4. 4.King’s College LondonUK
  5. 5.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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