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Competitiveness, creativity, and place-based development

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Huggins R, Clifton N
  • Journal Name: Environment and Planning
  • Journal Number: 43.6
  • ISBN: 0308-518X
  • Country: United Kingdom

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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