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The competition state, city-regions, and the territorial politics of growth facilitation

Jonas, Andrew E.G.; While, Aidan; Gibbs, David; Jonas, Andrew E G; Jonas, Andrew E. G.


Andrew E.G. Jonas

Aidan While


As urban centres of agglomeration expand and compete for investment, new demands may arise for additional housing, infrastructure, and services. Failure to meet these demands imposes costs on firms and workers, stifles expansion, and potentially compromises the long-run economic competitiveness of the growth area. Drawing on evidence from Germany (Munich), Sweden (Stockholm), and the UK (Cambridge) this paper examines the organisational and political challenges of growth facilitation in the context of post-Keynesian political and economic restructuring. Particular emphasis is placed on tensions arising from changes in the form and function of European state social regulation. These tensions are not simply a matter of neoliberal regulatory deficit but reflect broader societal cleavages in relation to the uneven spatial impact of local economic growth. Deploying the concept of territorial structures of growth facilitation provides a conceptual framework for taking forward research on the relationship between state spatial regulation, state restructuring, and the competitiveness of city-regions. Keywords: growth, competitiveness, city-regions, governance, clusters.


While, A., Gibbs, D., & Jonas, A. E. G. (2013). The competition state, city-regions, and the territorial politics of growth facilitation. Environment & planning. A, 45(10), 2379-2398.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2013
Publication Date 2013-10
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Environment And Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 10
Pages 2379-2398
Keywords Growth; Competitiveness; City-regions; Governance; Clusters
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Contract Date Nov 13, 2014