Same same but different: Locational policies in small and medium-sized European cities

Kaufmann, David; Arnold, Tobias (3 July 2015). Same same but different: Locational policies in small and medium-sized European cities. In: International Conference on Public Policy 2015, Panel T12P09: Multi-scalarity and transnational policy-making. Milano. 01.-04.07.2015.

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Globalized interurban competition is affecting cities of various sizes and locations. Small and medium-sized cities have to find ways to position themselves in global markets by formulating locational policies. This paper outlines an analytical framework of locational policies that cities adopt in order to increase their competitiveness. By comparing two European small and mediumsized cities (Lucerne and Ulm), we examine manifestations of locational policies and compare if these policies are being diverse or resemble each other. We found that strategies of both cities are sharing the intentions to be competitive, but their policy choices differ because the economic and political context is enabling or restricting certain kinds of locational policies. Furthermore, the findings point to the high explanatory power of municipal tax autonomy when studying locational policies.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Kaufmann, David


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




David Christen

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2015 15:46

Last Modified:

21 Sep 2017 09:12

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Locational policies, European small and medium-sized cities, interuban competition




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