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.
|Title of host publication||Knowledge-Based Urban Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||Planning and Applications in the Information Era|
|Publisher||IGI Global Publishing|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2008|