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A strategic and operational view of competitiveness and cohesion in the European context

Valentin Cojanu

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2010, vol. 1(1), 153-168

Abstract: The persistence of spatial developmental disparities suggests that the strategic directions of any initiative targeting regional competitiveness should follow the lines of (1) maximizing its competitive impact and (2) matching the territorial specificity. According to this perspective, the paper discusses an original theoretical construct and points to graphical representations of operational forms that may configure a policy of territorial development along four co-existent levels: (1) urban fields, (2) clusters, (3) development areas, and (4) disadvantaged areas. The main implication for public policy initiatives resides in facilitating the progress towards building up such a potential for growth.

Keywords: agglomeration; competitiveness; development; spatial network; territorial planning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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