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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Eventful Cities: Strategies for Event-Based Urban Development
Eventful Cities: Strategies for Event-Based Urban Development
Greg Richards

The increasingly competitive global environment of cities has forced them to adopt different strategies to distinguish themselves and create competitive advantage in order to attract resources, talent and attention (Turok, 2009). Such strategies may arguably have more impact than the activities of many nation states, as suggested by a recent OECD (2016) report, which posed the question ‘are cities the new countries?’ This is not just a question of size, even though many major cities are now larger than many small countries. It is increasingly a question of the economic and political power wielded by cities, which in many cases dictate national agendas. One area where this becomes clear is ...

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