Urban competitiveness in the knowledge economy: Evolution paths of the portuguese metropolises

Willem van Winden, Luis Carvalho

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The chapter focuses on the growing territorial imbalances between urban regions in the light of the sometimes painful transition toward a knowledge-based economy. Drawing from the vast literature on urban competitiveness, it develops an integrative framework to assess and compare urban regions' performance and assets in the emerging knowledge-based economy. In a second stage, the framework is applied to the Portuguese metropolis of Porto and Lisbon in order to illustrate how the current tendency toward de-industrialisation and knowledge-based development affects different types of cities. Using the framework concepts, the chapter concludes with policy recommendations to support national and urban policy makers toward urban competitiveness enhancement for our cases, whose rationales may constitute lessons to other similar contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge-Based Urban Development
Subtitle of host publicationPlanning and Applications in the Information Era
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781599047201
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


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