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The rise of the “city-region” concept and its development policy implications

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2008) The rise of the “city-region” concept and its development policy implications. European Planning Studies, 16 (8). pp. 1025-1046. ISSN 0965-4313

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09654310802315567


As well as enjoying a rich scientific history, the concept of the “city-region” has also attracted particular attention in recent years. Combinations of an urban core or cores, linked to semi-urban and rural hinterland by functional ties, are increasingly regarded as the “adequate” scale for the implementation of development policies. The popularization and widespread use of the city-region concept for policy-making has important implications for the design and implementation of development strategies. It first signals a change from sectoral to territorial approaches to development and requires the adjustment of development strategies to widely varying contexts, leading to much greater policy diversity and innovation. It also involves a more complex governance structure, characterized by the horizontal and vertical coordination of numerous institutional public and private actors, and enables experimentation with bottom-up and participatory policy-making. This paper evaluates these changes and critically addresses their normative implications, especially in light of the facts that there is still little agreement on how the city-region is defined, that the term has become appropriated by urban elites, and that the problems faced by city-regions may not be that different from those operating at other geographical scales.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:54
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 06:39

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