Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning: Comparative Case Studies of European City-regions

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W. G. M. Salet, Andy Thornley, Anton Kreukels
Taylor & Francis, 2003 - Architecture - 406 pages
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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'.
 

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Contents

List of contributors
ix
Willem Satet Andy Thomley and Anton Kreukels
20
institutional turbulence
41
The Birmingham case
57
The experience of Cardiff and Wales
77
metropolitan
91
Berlin Frankfurt Hanover
111
The Frankfurt RhineMain region
125
Karel Mater
230
Venice
244
The region of Milan
264
Paris Brussels MarseillesAix
285
a superimposition of sociaL
301
MarseillesAix metropolitan region l19812000
320
The case of Barcelona
337
Metropolitan govemment and development
359

The Hanover metropolitan region
145
Govemance in the Stuttgart metropolitan
163
Wiilem Salet
189
The Prague metropolitan region
205
the problem
375
lndex
391
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Andy Thornley is Director of Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.Anton Kreukels.>

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