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Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001

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Reinventing cities in a restructuring region? The rhetoric and reality of renaissance in Liverpool and Manchester

Reinventing cities in a restructuring region? The rhetoric and reality of renaissance in Liverpool and Manchester

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(p.32) (p.33) Three Reinventing cities in a restructuring region? The rhetoric and reality of renaissance in Liverpool and Manchester
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City matters
Author(s):

Alan Harding

Iain Deas

Richard Evans

Stuart Wilks-Heeg

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0003

This chapter compares the restructuring and renaissance of the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, England. It evaluates the extent to which the effectiveness of the structures and processes of urban governance had an independent impact on the economic, social, and environmental fortunes of these two cities. The findings indicate that these two cities both suffered from major economic decline and job loss and both underperformed relative to the national economy as a whole. However, Manchester had recently been able to capitalise more effectively on opportunities to boost its competitive strength.

Keywords:   city restructuring, renaissance, Liverpool, Manchester, England, urban governance, economic decline, job loss, competitive strength

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