Cities, State and Globalization
City-Regional Governance in Europe and North America
To Be Published November 30th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: Regions and Cities
This book makes a new contributution to the current lively debate on city regional governance, offering a genuinely comparative approach, covering Europe (east and west) and North America, and thus different ‘cultures’ of city regionalism. Drawing on a series of case studies conducted by the author the main focus of this book is on the interface between state structure power and the established way of ‘doing urban policy’ on the one hand, and the pressures and challenges of globalisation, on the other.
Hershel argues that the spatiality of cities has become less clear cut, as has the notion of ‘region’, adding to the challenges of defining and understanding city regions. Whether ‘real’ or ‘imagined’, they are, however, becoming the main arena of these various interacting, competing and interdependent processes and structures. This timely contribution to the existing literature examines the intricacies of these processes and issues.
"This integrated volume addresses the increasingly important issue of city region governance through a structured and methodical framework, drawing on genuinely comparative practice and perspective from North America and Europe. It is a very welcome addition to the literature." – Mike Danson, University of the West of Scotland, UK
"The book combines comprehensive critical reflection on a range of challenging theoretical literatures with an impressive array of case studies from different geographical settings, to make the text an important contribution to the understanding of the relationship between cities, state and globalisation." – Henrik Halkier, Aalborg University, Denmark
"If regions were the spatial focus during the 1990s, the new millennium has seen city-regions emerge as the critical site for harnessing economic competitiveness. Herrschel’s latest book presents a unique take on the governance of these city-regions, navigating as it does the different cultures of city-regionalism which has seen the decentralisation of socioeconomic decision-making and policy implementation to city-regional level institutions, frameworks and supports take on different forms throughout Europe and North America. In particular, Herschel should be commended for tackling head on the challenging issue of the role that is played by the (nation-)state in formulating the conditions under which city-regions can form, operate, and govern." – John Harrison, Loughborough University, UK
"Few things are as important today as creating new ways to address challenges to metropolitan sustainability and survival. This book lends a strong hand to the work of practitioners and scholars concerned with how metropolitan regions make progress towards creating sustainable, livable, and governable city regions." – Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University, USA
1. Introduction: Cities, City regions, State and Globalisation 2. Defining City Regions 3. City Regions and Globalisation 4. City Regions and the State 5. Governance of City Regions 6. Examples of City-Regional Governance under Different ‘State Cultures’ in Europe and North America 7. Summary and Conclusion: City-Regional Governance, State and Globalisation
Tassilo Herrschel is Reader in Urban and Regional Development at the Centre for Urban and Regional Governance, University of Westminster.