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1st Edition

Urban Competitiveness in Developing Economies

Edited By

Peter Karl Kresl

ISBN 9780367516840
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
208 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Plenty has been written on the competitiveness of megacities, capital cities, and regional hubs. Cities in developing countries have not yet received the same attention – this book fills that gap. An international team of expert academics have come together to present a comprehensive study of the competitiveness of cities in the developing world. Spanning Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this book homes in on specific city cases and examines how they relate to the rest of the global economy. The focus is on acknowledging their unique contexts, while drawing out commonalities, and ultimately identifying ways for them to enhance their competitiveness, wellbeing, and sustainability.

This volume will be valuable reading to advanced students, researchers, and policymakers in urban and regional studies, economic geography, and economic development.

Table of Contents


Peter Karl Kresl

1. Cities and the contemporary global economy

Peter Karl Kresl

2. Competitiveness and wellbeing as features of the global economy

Peter Karl Kresl

3. Africa and the global economy

Winnie Mitullah

4. African cities and competitiveness

Winnie Mitullah

5. Asia and the global economy

Peter Karl Kresl

6. Asian cities and competitiveness

Peter Karl Kresl and Ni Pengfei

7. Latin America and the global economy

Jaime Sobrino and Isela Orehuela

8. Latin American cities and competitiveness

Isela Orehuela

9. Conclusions and thoughts about the coming years

Isela Orehuela

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Peter Karl Kresl is Charles P. Vaughn Professor of Economics Emeritus, Bucknell University, USA; President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project.


"The book achieves its goal of analysing and presenting the situation of urban competitiveness in developing countries, which makes it an interesting and useful read." — Gabriel Camară (2022) appearing in Regional Studies, 56:1, 171-172.