Capital Cities in Interurban Competition: Local Autonomy, Urban Governance, and Locational Policy Making

Kaufmann, David (2018). Capital Cities in Interurban Competition: Local Autonomy, Urban Governance, and Locational Policy Making. Urban Affairs Review, p. 107808741880993. Sage 10.1177/1078087418809939

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Capital cities are government cities that tend to lack a competitive political economy. Especially secondary capital cities—defined as capitals that are not the primary economic centers of their nation-states—are pressured to increase their economic competitiveness in today’s globalized interurban competition by formulating locational policies. This article compares the locational policies agendas of Bern, Ottawa, The Hague, and Washington, D.C. The comparison reveals that (1) secondary capital cities tend to formulate development-oriented locational policies agendas, (2) local tax autonomy best explains the variance in locational policies agendas, and (3) secondary capital cities possess urban governance arrangements where public actors dominate and where developers are the only relevant private actors. The challenge for secondary capital cities is to formulate locational policies that enable them to position themselves as government cities, as well as business cities, while not solely relying on the development of their physical infrastructure.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Kaufmann, David

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:

1552-8332

Publisher:

Sage

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Schweizer Nationalfonds

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Christen

Date Deposited:

23 Nov 2018 17:01

Last Modified:

06 Feb 2019 16:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1078087418809939

Uncontrolled Keywords:

capital cities, locational policies, multilevel governance, urban governance, local autonomy

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.120933

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120933

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