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Governance of Europe's City Regions: Planning, Policy & Politics

Tassilo Herrschel Peter Newman



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10 October 2002
Central government policies; Regional government; EU & European institutions; Urban & municipal planning
Governance of Europe's City Regions is a structured overview of current debates on cities and regions. It provides an understanding of trends at different spatial scales and explores a range of different European experiences to consider prospects for the effective governance of city regions. Contrasts arise for different economic and spatial contexts, and from the complex interactions of national, regional and local politics and policy. Governance of Europe's City Regions examines the trends in regional development and the responses of European scale regional and urban policy, including the changing role of the European Union in regional issues. The authors' core argument develops a distinction between two types of city region, showing that city regions dominated by a core city face different challenges from those 'polycentric' regions that link groups of cities. In addition to these differences, national constitutional contexts constrain regional and local governments, and local political and cultural forces of regional governance influence the effectiveness of the city. Arguments are illustrated with a range of detailed case studies, and in particular taking readers through the complex interactions of regional, national and local scales in England and Germany. Governance of Europe's City Regions introduces and summarises a wide interdisciplinary literature. It clarifies contemporary debates about regionalism and contributes new insights into the theory of 'new regionalism'. The authors' argue that the city region scale continues to be contested, that no single governance model will fit all experiences. They also assert that there is need for a careful appreciation within city regions of the interactions of local institutions, their constitutional context and their economic prospects.
By:   Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9780415187701
ISBN 10:   0415187702
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   10 October 2002
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Primary ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction 2. City Regions in Europe - From Planning to Co-operative 'flexible' Governance? 3. European Regions and Regional Policy: Towards Greater 'Localisation' 4. Cities, Regions and Regionalisation in the EU 5. Formal Provisions for Regions and Regional Governance in the UK and Germany: Centralised or De-Centralised Regionalism? 6. Making and Operating Regions: Examples of Regionalisation in two Mono-centric English and German Regions. 7. Multi-centric City Regions in England and Germany: Between Competitive Localism and Regions as 'Marriages of Convenience' 8. Conclusions: Towards Regions as City-based Flexible Alignments of Convenience?

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