Thilo Lang, Monika Sonntag, Eric Tenz:
Small and medium sized cities in the Baltic Sea Region

Socio-economic and cultural approaches to urban development.

Zum Titel | General Information

This book contains two studies carried out as part of the Interreg IIIB project „Medium-Sized Cities in Dialogue around the Baltic Sea“ (MECIBS). They present examples of different local approaches and responses to urban transformation processes in small and medium-sized cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

The first study, „Socio-Economic Regeneration Outside of Agglomerations – Local Economic Development in the Baltic Sea Region“, addresses aspects of entrepreneurship, social inclusion and the local economy. It develops useful insights into socio-economic regeneration concepts and practices. Socio-economic regeneration, by pursuing sustainable economic and social development, endeavours to maintain locally rooted economic structures, to foster social stability (in terms of social and economic integration of local communities) and to reduce social and economic disparities (in terms of access to the labour market).

The second study, „Cultural Policy and Urban Development – Cultural Policy Strategies and Experiences of Cities in the MECIBS Network“, depicts the extent to which local authorities from the MECIBS network use cultural policy to achieve urban development objectives which are above and beyond the usual reach of cultural policy, the specific strategies involved, and the ways in which these strategies are applied. Until now, the effects of cultural policy strategies on urban development have been discussed mainly in relation to bigger cities. Thus, this study looks at approaches that might be promising for smaller cities as well.

The result of these practical examples should encourage an exchange of ideas and good-practices between small and medium-sized cities in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as between stakeholders at all levels of governance.

Aus dem Inhalt | Extract from the Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface: Small and medium-sized Towns and Cities in the Baltic Sea Region

Thilo Lang: Socio-Economic Regeneration Outside of Agglomerations – Local Economic Development in the Baltic Sea Region

Scope: Strengthening Small and Medium Sized Cities

Central Questions, Proceeding and Methodology

1. Theoretical background
1.1 Socio-Economic Transformation and Urban Decline
1.1.1 Structural Change
1.1.2 Urban Transformation and Decline
1.2 Socio-economic Regeneration
1.2.1 Urban and Socio-economic Regeneration
1.2.2 Concepts of Socio-economic Regeneration
1.3 Institutional Change
1.3.1 Institutions and Urban Governance
1.3.2 Facilitating Change
1.4 Interim Conclusion: Insights and Priorities
2. Socio-economic Transformation – Case Studies
2.1 The Cases
2.2 Socio-economic Development in Regional and National Contexts
2.2.1 Economic Development
2.2.2 Population Development
2.2.3 Registered Unemployment
2.3 Economic Transformation and Local Response
2.3.1 Jüterbog
2.3.2 Nakskov
2.3.3 Lappeenranta
2.3.4 Sillamäe
2.3.5 Kuldiga
2.4 Socio-economic Regeneration Projects (Core-Projects)
2.4.1 Jüterbog: Arbeitslosenservice – Unemployment-Service
2.4.2 Nakskov: Activering Syd – Centre for Activation and Qualification
2.4.3 Lappeenranta: Meeting Place Asukastila and the TRIPLA Project
2.4.4 Sillamäe Inkubatsioonikeskus – Business Incubator
2.4.5 Kuldiga: Malo Businessman Competition
3. Moving Ahead: Findings and Recommendations
3.1 Characteristics of Development
3.2 General Findings
3.3 Recommendations
3.3.1 Strategic Local Socio-economic Regeneration
3.3.2 National and EU Policies Supporting Socio-economic Regeneration

Conclusions

Monika Sonntag, Eric Tenz: Cultural Policy and Urban Development – Cultural Policy Strategies and Experiences of Cities in the MECIBS Network

1. Introduction: Aim and Structure of the Study
2. Cultural Policy and Urban Development
2.1 Local Cultural Policy Concepts – Looking Back at the Past 30 Years
2.2 Cultural Policies – The National Contexts of the Four Local Case Studies
2.2.1 Cultural Policy in Germany
2.2.2 Cultural Policy in Latvia
2.2.3 Cultural Policy in Finland
2.2.4 Cultural Policy in Denmark
3. Cultural Policy in Historic Town Centres
3.1 Case study Jüterbog (Germany)
3.2 Case study Kuldiga (Latvia)
3.3 Comparison and Conclusion
4. Cultural Policy in Industrial Towns
4.1 Case Study Lappeenranta (Finland)
4.2 Case study Randers (Denmark)
4.3 Comparison and Conclusion
5. Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix I: Interviews

Appendix II: Basic Conditions and Local Framework

Appendix III: Contact – Project Partners

Textauszug: Vorwort | Extract: Foreword

This publication is a result of the project „Medium-Sized Cities in Dialogue around the Baltic Sea“ (MECIBS), an Interreg IIIB project supported by the EU. The MECIBS-network encompassed 24 cities and 12 research institutions, representing nearly all countries of the Baltic Sea Region. While the Eastern European project partners, the German town Jüterbog and the Swedish town Norrtälje were financed externally and associated with the project on a voluntary basis, seven cities and city-networks from Denmark, Sweden and Finland, as well as seven research institutions from Denmark, Germany, Finland and Sweden were official partners of this project. The Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning in Erkner, Germany, participated in the project as a research partner.  […]

Thilo Lang, Monika Sonntag, Eric Tenz
Small and medium-sized cities in the Baltic Sea Region.
Socio-economic and cultural approaches to urban development.
Two studies carried out as a part of the INTERREG IIIB project Medium-Sized Cities in Dialogue around the Baltic Sea (MECIBS) 2002–2005.

EKF Wissenschaft
Stadtforschung 1
152 S. | 26,0 × 21,0 cm
510 g | Paperback
zahlr. teils farbige Abb., Tabellen, Karten
Publikationssprache: Englisch
ISBN-10: 3-933816-29-7
ISBN-13: 978-3-933816-29-0
1. Auflage 2005
45,00 EUR