Strategies of cities in globalized interurban competition: the locational policies framework

Kaufmann, David; Arnold, Tobias (2017). Strategies of cities in globalized interurban competition: the locational policies framework. Urban Studies, 55(12), pp. 2703-2720. SAGE 10.1177/0042098017707922

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Globalized interurban competition affects cities of various sizes and cities in various locations. Cities have to find ways to position themselves in global markets by formulating locational policies. To capture this wide range of policies, this paper develops an analytical framework of locational policies that is interdisciplinary informed by theories of economic geography and political science. We compare the cities of Lucerne and Ulm as two case studies that illustrate the added value of the locational policies framework. We found that these two cities feature very different locational policies agendas. By employing a neo-institutional lens, we suggest that place-specific factors enable and constrain the formulation of locational policies. We outline three possible venues to tentatively explain these different locational policies, namely the economic sector mix, the national tax system, and politics. Beyond these empirical findings, this paper shows that the locational policies framework is able to capture a wide range of policies that aim to enhance the competiveness of a city. Thus, the locational policies framework is a tool that can be used to reveal how cities face the globalized, and increasingly knowledge-intensive, interurban competition.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Kaufmann, David and Arnold, Tobias

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

ISSN:

0042-0980

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Christen

Date Deposited:

14 Jul 2017 09:43

Last Modified:

19 Aug 2018 02:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0042098017707922

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Interurban competition, locational policies, neo-institutionalism, Lucerne, Ulm

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.101627

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101627

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