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Evaluation of performance of European cities with the aim to promote quality of life improvements

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  • Morais, Paulo
  • Camanho, Ana S.
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    This paper explores the possibilities presented by DEA to assess quality of life and evaluate the performance of city managers in what concerns the promotion of urban quality of life. Using the data provided by the Urban Audit program, from the European Union, we defined the city profile regarding quality of life for 206 cities. Two approaches are presented: the construction of a composite indicator of quality of life and the assessment of local management performance, contextualised by the GDP per capita to measure the ability of local authorities to promote quality of life given the economic condition of the country. The results identify the cities with urban best practices and present a model of intervention for the cities considered inefficient, based on benchmarking principles.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 398-409

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