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Region: Economics and Sociology

2008 year, number 2

Contours of regional competition

Vazhenin, S.G. and I.S. Vazhenina


The paper analyzes certain aspects of competitiveness between regions on the base of the data obtained by questioning the representatives of authorities and business in Ural region. We focus on the nature and directions of competitive struggle between regions, identifying the indicators of regional competitiveness, the roles which regional administrations play in regional competition and the gist of regional competitive advantages. We also state that the atmosphere of trust should be necessarily built in the society as well as the good relationship between authorities of different levels and business. The important tools to enhance the competitiveness of regions are public-private partnership, clusterization of economies and logical and continuous shaping of regional images and reputations.