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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Cities and Territorial Competitiveness
Cities and territorial competitiveness

The focus of debates on urban governance in Western European cities has been systematically redefined during the last two decades. Whereas Western European urban scholars in the 1970s debated the role of cities as sites of collective consumption, social service provision and income redistribution within the national administrative hierarchies of the Keynesian welfare state, by the early 1980s questions of urban economic development began to occupy center stage. In contrast to the ‘old’ urban politics, which explored issues such as housing, transportation and public infrastructure, this ‘new’ urban politics has been focused predominantly on local economic growth, interlocality competition and territorial competitiveness (Eisenschitz and Gough, 1993; Mayer, 1994). According to David Harvey's (1989) paradigmatic analysis, these realignments have ...

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