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Strategy Making In Cities: The Role Of Calculative Practices In Manufacturing Competition

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Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of cities develop corporate strategies. In this paper, the authors problematise the seemingly natural and self-evident link between cities, competition and strategy. They explore the role that calculative practices plays in creating city league tables that, in turn, function as the a priori condition that generate competition between cities. Miriam Greenberg's book (2008) on the resurrection of New York has shown how principles of free market ideology were incorporated into city management. The social and fiscal 'Urban crisis' of the 1960s and 1970s manifested itself, inter alia, in rising crime rates and declining quality of life in many industrial cities.

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