Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning explores the
relationship between metropolitan decision-making and strategies to
co-ordinate spatial policy. This relationship is examined across 20
cities of Europe and the similarities and differences analysed.
Cities are having to formulate their urban policies in a very
complex and turbulent environment. They are faced with numerous new
pressures and problems and these often create contradictory
conditions. The book provides a theoretical framework for exploring
these issues and links this to a detailed investigation of each
city. In the context of globalisation, cities in the last twenty
years have experienced new patterns of activity and these usually
transcend political boundaries. The management of these changes
therefore requires an effort of co-ordination and different cities
have found different approaches. However the institutional setting
itself has not remained static. The nation states in Europe have
handed over many responsibilities to the European Union while also
increasing devolution to regions and cities. Government has
therefore become a more complex multi-level activity. There has
also been the move from government to governance. Many different
public, quasi-public and private bodies are now involved in making
decisions that affect urban development. Metropolitan governance is
therefore also a complex multi-actor process. In these conditions
of fragmented governance and the widening spatial networking of
urban development, the issue of policy co-ordination become ever
more important. The exploration of the 20 cities shows that many
face similar difficulties while some also provide interesting
examples of innovative practice. The book concludes that the way
forward is to find strategies to link the different spheres of
metropolitan action through 'organising connectivity'.
|Country of origin:
• Willem Salet
• Andy Thornley
||Electronic book text
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