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Indicators of territorial competitiveness

Abstract : The 21st century sees changes in modern society, social structure, territorial policy, public administration and other fields, generated by the European Union, which have a significant impact on the functioning and efficiency of society. For real competences to find their appropriate places and levels, a mature society are required as well as the investigation and improvement of the maturity of territorial levels prior to implementing any measures. To be able to induce these improvements, we first need to define the territorial unit where the process is to be launched. The broadest definition: A territorial unit is a (socio) geographical integration marked by a huge internal cohesion, a fundamental entity of our days. It is a socio-economic geographical unit based on the close cooperation and shared interests of its constituting parts, which cannot, however, always be defined by geographical boundaries. The resulting definition of the improvable unit (region): A region is the functional connection and integration of geographically close urban areas, agglomerations, settlement units, and infrastructural networks characterized by the gradually growing importance of neighbourhood contacts. The basis of the creation of a region is the territorial blending of society and economy, and an awareness of close interrelatedness between local communities, based on historical grounds. To reveal the development potentials of a given territory, we need to determine the measurement units relating to the processes we are observing. This unit cannot be but the competitiveness of each area.
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Csilla Filo. Indicators of territorial competitiveness. International conference of Territorial Intelligence "Information, Indicators and Tools". Pécs, 29-31 mai 2008, May 2008, Pécs, Hungary. p. ⟨halshs-00794668⟩

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