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Glasgow Economic Analysis and Benchmark Report
Commissioned by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, 2005

Policy makers are focusing on regional growth and regional growth policies for two reasons. First, globalisation has exposed regions to international competition more than countries. Second, regions have gained fiscal and regulatory power and have more leeway to shape their own development. Regional policies are becoming crucial elements in regional and national growth strategies.

The regional benchmarking applied here evaluates the economic performance, the competitiveness and attractiveness of Glasgow in a national and international context and can help to shape policy strategies at the regional level. The analysis includes Glasgow City as well as Metropolitan Glasgow and uses more than 20 metropolitan regions as benchmarks. The international benchmarking concentrates on Metropolitan Glasgow, which encompasses all areas closely tied to the city in terms of commuting, commercial activities and use of retail and leisure facilities.

Only a definition covering the complete functional urban area allows useful conclusions to be drawn from a benchmarking exercise.
Glasgow Economic Analysis and Benchmark Report
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