Network Governance for Competitiveness: The Role of Policy Networks in the Economic Performance of Settlements in the Izmir Region

Eraydın, Ayda
Ozturk, Hilal Erkus
Yasar, Suna Senem
Some cities and regions grow faster than others and they increase their relative shares in the global economy. The literature offers a wide list of factors of competitiveness, most of which define individual capacities of cities. Recently, however, there has been an increasing focus on the importance of network governance and the policy networks formed between different cities. This paper examines the importance of policy networks compared with other widely recognised factors of competitiveness to the economic performance of settlements in the Izmir region and investigates the importance of classical competitiveness indicators and network relations on their economic performance with the use of econometric methods. In conclusion, it discusses the importance of policy networks in administrative reform processes and economic development policies.


Green economy and governance in cities: assessing good governance in key urban economic processes
de Oliveira, Jose A. Puppim; Doll, Christopher N. H.; Balaban, Osman; Jiang, Ping; Dreyfus, Magali; Suwa, Aki; Moreno-Penaranda, Raquel; Dirgahayani, Puspita (2013-11-01)
Cities concentrate a large part of the world economy today. Understanding how the urban economy and its decision making function as well as how they are connected to a larger world (regional, national, global) is fundamental to create governance mechanisms and the institutions to move the world towards a green economy. This paper analyzes the city through its key economic processes of the transformation of space; circulation (transport); consumption and production and social, knowledge and ecosystem service...
Migration and regional convergence: An empirical investigation for Turkey
Kirdar, Murat G.; Saraçoğlu, Dürdane Şirin (Wiley, 2008-11-01)
The standard growth model predicts that allowing labour mobility across regions would increase the speed of convergence in per capita income levels and that migration has a negative causal impact on regional growth rates. Although the empirical literature has uncovered some evidence for the former implication, the latter has not been verified empirically. This paper provides empirical evidence for the negative causal impact of migration on provincial growth rates in a developing country with a high level of...
City branding / image building as a new paradigm: the case of Eskişehir
Koç, Evrim; Eraydın, Ayda; Department of City and Regional Planning (2018)
In the last three decades cities have become the nodes of the global economy by enhancing their own competitive capacities; through improving their capabilities with respect to human capital, innovation, and creativity. They have struggled to become successful in competitive conditions as they have been following several strategies including urban branding, brand management and creating a new image. In Turkey, 2023 Tourism Vision identified 19 cities as candidates of cities with brands; therefore it introdu...
Reintegration of an inner-city industrial heritage to the wider urban context: the case of Cermodern
Şanlı, Hakan; Gedikli, Bahar; Department of City and Regional Planning (2016)
With the globalization process, cities have to keep pace with the structural transformation in global economy. The changing industrial production types have resulted in changes in land uses of the cities. In these sense, abandoned inner-city industrial areas have become important urban design problems. These areas actually constitute the majority of “lost spaces” defined by Trancik (1986). In the last few decades, the architectural intervention and redevelopment of these abandoned innercity industrial areas...
Covenant of Mayors: Local Energy Generation, Methodology, Policies and Good Practice Examples
Kona, Albana; Bertoldi, Paolo; Kılkış, Şiir (2019-03-01)
Local authorities and cities are at the forefront of driving the energy transition, which plays a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change. The greenhouse gas emissions in cities, due to energy consumption, are placed into two categories: direct emissions generated from the combustion of fossil fuels mainly in buildings and transport sectors, and indirect emissions from grid-supplied energy, such as electricity and district heating and/or cooling. While there is extensive literature focused ...
Citation Formats
A. Eraydın, H. E. Ozturk, and S. S. Yasar, “Network Governance for Competitiveness: The Role of Policy Networks in the Economic Performance of Settlements in the Izmir Region,” URBAN STUDIES, pp. 2291–2321, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: