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Title: Governing beyond the metropolis: placing the rural in city-region development
Authors: Harrison, John
Heley, Jesse
Keywords: City-region
Spatial planning
Functional areas
Rural space
Subnational governance
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE © Urban Studies Journal Limited
Citation: HARRISON, J. and HELEY, J., 2015. Governing beyond the metropolis: placing the rural in city-region development. Urban Studies, 52(6), pp. 1113-1133.
Abstract: Despite a select group of urban centres generating a disproportionate amount of global economic output, significant attention is being devoted to the impact of urban-economic processes on interstitial spaces lying between metropolitan areas. Nevertheless, there remains a noticeable silence in city-region debate concerning how rural spaces are conceptualised, governed and represented. In this paper we draw on recent city-region developments in England and Wales to suggest a paralysis of city-region policymaking has ensued from policy elites constantly swaying between a spatially-selective, city-first, agglomeration perspective on city-regionalism and a spatially-inclusive, region-first, scalar approach which fragments and divides territorial space along historical lines. In the final part we provide a typology of functionally dominant city-region constructs which we suggest offers a way out from the paralysis that currently grips city-region policymaking.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Urban Studies [SAGE © Urban Studies Journal Limited] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098014532853
Sponsor: This work was conducted as part of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) programme, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council [grant number RES-576-25-0021] and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and also supported by the department of Geography, Loughborough University.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0042098014532853
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14577
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098014532853
ISSN: 0042-0980
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