This paper considers the link between competitiveness and a variety of measures of well-being at a place-based level. Drawing on empirical data from the UK, a strong link is generally found to exist, suggesting a symbiotic relationship between competitiveness and well-being across localities. The paper also identifies a number of externalities, such as pollution, that are associated with lower levels of place-based well-being. It is suggested that economic development, social cohesion, welfare and environmental policies must become better integrated if they are to build sustainable places. Current policy frameworks, however, often run counter to this approach. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.
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