11. Policies for Small and Large Cities

  1. Sako Musterd4 and
  2. Zoltán Kovács5
  1. Marc Pradel i Miquel1,
  2. Anders Paalzow2 and
  3. Hélène Martin-Brelot3

Published Online: 5 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch11

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

How to Cite

Miquel, M. P. i., Paalzow, A. and Martin-Brelot, H. (2013) Policies for Small and Large Cities, in Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities (eds S. Musterd and Z. Kovács), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 5

    Institute of Geography, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Author Information

  1. 1

    Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona, Spain

  2. 2

    Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia

  3. 3

    Institute of Geoarchitecture, University of Western Brittany, Brest, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470675038

Online ISBN: 9781118554579



  • tailored policies;
  • city size contexts;
  • residential preferences


When tailored policies for cities are being developed, it is relevant to consider the role of city size. The spatial distribution of creative and knowledge-intensive industries tends to be hierarchical; however, that does not mean that smaller cities are relegated from the competition. Smaller cities may benefit from different strategies and policies compared with larger ones. This chapter focuses on the policy implications of city size. The preferences of employees and managers in the creative and knowledge-intensive industries reveal that the size of the city may play a role. However, this does not always mean that ‘bigger is better’. Both larger and smaller cities and metropolitan areas have their respective competitive advantages (and disadvantages). These advantages should be seriously considered when tailored policies are completed for large and small cities, respectively.