Consumer Services and Economic Development

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 293 pages
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Consumer Services and Economic Development evaluates the role of consumer services as motors for local economic development in contemporary advanced economies. The contributions that specific consumer service industries are making to local economic development are analysed. Tourism, sports, universities, retailing and the cultural industries are each examined in turn. Following this, the roles that the consumer services sector are playing in economic regeneration are investigated in a number of different contexts: a global city; several contrasting urban areas; and a rural locality. In each case, whether consumer services have taken a lead or supportive role in local economic development is surveyed, and their effectiveness in promoting economic regeneration is evaluated. This book dispels the common myth that consumer services are residual activities dependent upon other economic sectors for their vitality and viability. Providing a comprehensive overview and evaluation of the contributions of the consumer services sector to economic development, this book reveals the need for a fundamental reconceptualization of both the function of services in particular and economic development theory and practice more generally.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PRODUCER SERVICES AND ECONOMIC
28
A MOTOR FOR LOCAL
40
The role of specific consumer service industries
53
SPORT AND THE REJUVENATION
74
UNIVERSITIES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC
91
RETAILING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
108
REVITALIZATION
126
A CITY OF CULTURE?
147
CONSUMER SERVICES
164
THE ROLE OF CONSUMER
185
CONSUMER SERVICES AND RURAL
202
THE ROLE AND CHARACTER
219
RETHINKING CONSUMER
235
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Colin C. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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