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Urban Competitiveness in Developing Economies

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl


224 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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, well-being 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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Regions and Cities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies