OECD Territorial Reviews

1990-0759 (online)
1990-0767 (print)
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This series offers analysis and policy guidance to national and sub-national governments seeking to strengthen territorial development policies and governance. These reviews are part of a larger body of OECD work on regional development that addresses the territorial dimension of a range of policy challenges, including governance, innovation, urban development and rural policy. This work includes both thematic reports and reports on specific countries or regions.

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Competitive Cities

Competitive Cities

A New Entrepreneurial Paradigm in Spatial Development You do not have access to this content

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Publication Date :
18 Apr 2007
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9789264022591 (PDF) ; 9789264022409 (print)

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Economic globalisation and the subsequent intensification of inter-city competition have profoundly changed urban governance. This is particularly evident in the field of urban spatial development. The change is often described as a shift from a managerial mode of governance to a more entrepreneurial mode, strongly characterised by risk-taking, innovation, a strong orientation toward the private sector and a strategic approach which focuses on economic growth. This study reviews the challenges that urban entrepreneurialism must overcome to maintain and strengthen its relevance in the 21st century. Urban policy planners are expected to address an increasingly wide range of objectives, including social, environmental and cultural issues as well as economic ones.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Entrepreneurial Approach in Spatial Development
Chapter 2. Urban Entrepreneurialism and Policies to Make Cities Attractive
Chapter 3. A Market-Oriented Approach in Building and Housing Policies
Chapter 4. Spatial Planning for Competitiveness
Chapter 5. Conclusion