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Competitiveness, creativity, and place-based development

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  • Robert Huggins
  • Nick Clifton

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This paper seeks to make a link between the concepts of competitiveness and the ‘creative class’ at a place-based level. The paper explores the relationship between creativity and competitiveness at the local level across the UK using a rural – urban framework. A growing competitiveness divide between rural and urban areas is found. Also, the creative class is found to be more evenly distributed than might be anticipated a priori. In conclusion, we argue that city-region approaches to economic development are having a detrimental impact on the competitiveness of rural regions.

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  • Robert Huggins & Nick Clifton, 2011. "Competitiveness, creativity, and place-based development," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 43(6), pages 1341-1362, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:43:y:2011:i:6:p:1341-1362
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    1. Neil Lee & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2014. "Creativity, Cities, and Innovation," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 46(5), pages 1139-1159, May.
    2. Stephan Brunow & Antonia Birkeneder & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2018. "Creative and science-oriented employees and firm-level innovation," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1808, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Feb 2018.
    3. Chiara Garau & Paola Zamperlin & Ginevra Balletto, 2016. "Reconsidering the Geddesian Concepts of Community and Space through the Paradigm of Smart Cities," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(10), pages 1-16, September.

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