Evaluations of Regional Competitiveness: Making a Case for Case Studies
This paper provides an overview of the concepts of regional competitiveness, including definitions, conceptual models, measurements, and the benefits and shortcomings of following a strategy to enhance competitiveness. Next, city-region rankings and indices of competitiveness are reviewed and the usefulness of these studies is summarized. Potential roles for regional scientists for improving (1) evaluations of regional competitiveness and (2) applications of evaluations to regional development policy are suggested. Recommendations are made regarding the need for additional case study research by regional scientists in order to improve the quality and relevance of information used by public policy makers. Quality case studies also will enhance the roles of regional scientists in the policy process concerned with improving a region's prospects for economic growth and development.
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