Consumer Services and Economic Development

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 293 pages
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Consumer Services have been viewed as parasitic activities, dependent on other sectors of the economy for their viability and vitality. Yet local economic policy is now looking towards consumer services to solve severe economic problems. The rapid expansion of the service sector is now a principal feature of contemporary global economic restructuring.
Consumer Services and Economic Development evaluates the contributions that consumer services can make to local economic development and revitalisation. A broad range of consumer service industries are examined in turn: tourism, sports, universities, retailing and cultural industries. Detailed local case studies illustrate the role, impact and effectiveness of consumer services in economic regeneration in a number of different contexts: the global city, contrsting urban areas and rural localities.
With many localities in the advanced economies suffering from severe deindustrialisation and weak producer service growth, this book highlights the need for a fundamental rethink of both the function of services and of economic development theory and practice in general.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DOES MANUFACTURING MATTER? Deindustrialisation and tertiarization in the global economy
13
PRODUCER SERVICES AND ECONOMIC REGENERATION
28
CONSUMER SERVICES A motor for local economic development?
40
TOURISM AND ECONOMIC REGENERATION
55
SPORT AND THE REJUVENATION OF LOCAL ECONOMIES
74
UNIVERSITIES AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
91
RETAILING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
108
BEYOND STEEL CITY Consumer services and economic development in Sheffield
164
CORPORATE CITY The role of consumer services in the rejuvenation of Leeds
185
CONSUMER SERVICES AND RURAL REGENERATION A case study of the Fens
202
LONDON The role and character of consumer services in a global city
219
CONCLUSIONS Rethinking consumer services and local economic development
235
NOTES
247
REFERENCES
256
INDEX
283

CULTURAL INDUSTRIES AND LOCAL REVITALIZATION
126
GLASGOW A city of culture?
147

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Colin C. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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