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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter provides an introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. The chapter explains why the three editors are attracted to this topic, why this subject covers relatively new academic territory that is of growing importance and concern to scholars, thought leaders, business decision-makers, and policymakers. This chapter also provides a blueprint explaining the specific contents of the entire volume, and highlights the most significant and salient insights to be glean from the collection. The chapter motivates what factors, conditions, institutions, and policies enhance local competitiveness to generate a strong economic performance in a globalized economy. The Introduction explains why this Handbook is invaluable to scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders in business and policy.

Keywords: local competitiveness, regional economic performance, globalization, technological change, outsourcing, offshoring

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