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Xxq Factors For Sustainable Urban Development: A Systems Economics View

  • Peter Nijkamp


    (Department of Spatial Economics Free University of Amsterdam)

Modern cities turn increasingly into functional areas seeking for a balance between agglomeration forces and urban quality of life. This paper will address the issue of sustainable urban development from a quality (performance) perspective. It aims to identify the critical access factors for the highest possible quality (XXQ) of the urban economy. A plea is made for a coherent methodological approach based on a systems economic view. In addition to a sketch of recent dynamic trends in urban systems in OECD countries, it pays attention to theories on urban growth and performance. Next, five critical success conditions for a high performance of cities will be presented in a coherent urban systems economics framework. The policy lessons of the analysis will form the last part of the paper.

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Article provided by Romanian Regional Science Association in its journal Romanian Journal of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 2 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 1-34

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Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:2:y:2008:i:1:p:1-34
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