OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

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Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

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Regions and cities are on the front lines in the battle to achieve inclusive growth. They are where policies meet people in their daily lives. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook comes at a time when many regions and cities are still trying to bounce back from the financial crisis of 2008. Inequalities between places and among populations remain entrenched. Citizens are calling for a more inclusive form of growth. They want a more comprehensive approach to well-being, with policies that address daily concerns in people’s lives, from ready access to jobs and education to safe and healthy environments and efficient and effective health care for young and old. Citizens also expect and demand that regions and cities be made as resilient as possible in the face of economic and demographic developments and natural disasters.

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