THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Volume 9, Issue 2, May 2014

 

1. ESTIMATING URBAN AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES FOR INDIA: A NEW ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY PERSPECTIVE

Sabyasachi TRIPATHI
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
India

The main objective of this paper is to provide answer to an important question: Are Indian firms or industries in urban areas operating under decreasing returns to scale or increasing returns to scale? Scale economies are one of the main assumptions of new economic geography models that posit the formation of agglomeration economies  ...

2. EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN LAND USE PLANNING: ANALYSIS FROM HUMAN ACTION THEORY PERSPECTIVE  

Kwasi Gyau BAFFOUR AWUAH
University of the West of England
Felix N. HAMMOND
University of Wolverhampton
Colin A. BOOTH
University of the West of England
Jessica E. LAMOND
University of the West of England
United Kingdom

While numerous literature discuss urban land use planning theory, it is still unclear the framework that should drive planning practice signifying the need for further interrogation of the subject. This work analyses evolution and development of planning from the human action theory standpoint, drawing on experiences from the UK, Japan and sub-Saharan Africa in the extant literature. It is established that evolution of planning and its practice over time, although uneven across these areas, are rooted in human action.   ...

3. CRITICAL FACTORS THAT LEAD TO GREEN BUILDING OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS IN MALAYSIA

Izran Sarrazin MOHAMMAD
Nurul Nadiah ZAINOL
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Shardy ABDULLAH
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Neo Bee WOON
Nur Aqlima RAMLI
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Malaysia

The development of green buildings has become a trend in recent years in the effort to enhance the well-being of the community, environmental health, and life-cycle cost. However, many have argued that the complexities rendered by green buildings during the operational and maintenance phase often overshadow the benefits that can be gained through the development of green buildings.     ...

4. HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY IN SLOVENIA: ANALYSIS OF THE MOST COMMON FORMS

Boštjan Kerbler

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia 

Due to ageing of the population, the issue of suitable housing provision for the elderly is becoming increasingly critical. Several types of housing are available to the elderly in Slovenia, and this article focuses on the two most widespread forms: eldercare facilities and owner-occupied housing. It presents their features, critically analyses the problems connected with both types of housing and presents solutions to these problems.  ... 

5. REGIONAL DECISION-MAKING CRITERIA: STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN THE CENTRAL EUROPE

Oto Hudec
Technical University of Košice
Ladislav Suhányi
Prešov University
Nataša Urbančíková,
Technical University of Košice
Slovakia

The strategic decision-making may be studied as a process which takes into consideration several criteria. Regionalisation of the accessing countries is one of the key conditions represented particularly with regard to so called Chapter 21 and it is the assumption of satisfactory regional administrative capacity for the European regional policy implementing.   ...

6. INFLUENCE OF GERMAN, FRENCH, BRITISH AND DUTCH DIRECT INVESTMENT IN CHINA ON THE STRUCTURE OF BILATERAL TRADE

Hongyi BI
Jing GAO
Linfeng YUAN
Shandong University of Finance and Economics
China

Based on the 2001-2010 panel data, this paper describes the German, French, British and Dutch investment in China and empirically studied the impact of the four countries’ direct investment on China's import and export structure. Research shows that every 1% increase of the four countries’ FDI in China’s manufacturing industry causes a 0.44% growth in China’s import from these countries and a 0.7% growth in export to these countries.   ...

 

Book Review

A RECONSTRUCTION OF URBAN MANAGEMENT. THE ADMINISTRATION OF CITIES, THEIR SERVICES AND ThEIR GROWTH by IRENA BAČLIJA

Oana Matilda SABIE

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania