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Governance patterns and performance of regional strategies in peri-urban areas: comparative analysis of seven cases in Europe and Chine
Wageningen UR.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report examines how different regional and local governance patterns and specific spatial planning strategies impact on peri-urban land use in Rural Urban regions. It draws from seven regional case studies, presenting a diverse mix of strategies ranging from protecting biodiversity and agricultural land, creating recreation and tourism opportunities to reducing pressure from building and infrastructure development. To study the means of influence or power an analytical framework of ‘policy arrangement’ was employed (Tatenhove et al, 2000): specifying rules of the game, resources, coalitions and discourses. Both government and nongovernment actors such as environmental groups or developers can form coalitions, adopt rules, employ resources and develop discourses to influence policies and developments in urban regions. The analytical and assessment frameworks defined by regional researchers and practitioners helped to organize the case study data and to evaluate both processes and outcomes of governance in peri-urban areas. The outcomes are represented in a summarized way for each strategy and region.

The report provides examples of unsustainable developments in peri-urban regions and how certain strategies helped to counteract these, and emphasizes the importance of recognizing peri-urban areas as a policy field in its own right.

A sustainable spread of land use over the Rural Urban region requires regional authorities whose jurisdiction covers the Rural Urban region and who have the appropriate mix of policy means of influence and relative power over lower level authorities. Under the current predominant discourse of ‘sustainable’ development largely being equal to economic development, the outcome of sustainability concerns depends on urban areas taking financial responsibility for the inclusion of common good interests such as ecosystem services, cultural heritage and social and environmental justice into the periurban areas. Recommendations for policy makers at different levels conclude the report.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 69 p.
, PLUREL Report D.3.3.8
Keyword [en]
means of power, means of influence, policy arrangement, discourses, rules of the game, resources, coalitions, sustainable land use, peri-urban, regional authorities, strategies
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51380OAI: diva2:479964
Available from: 2012-01-18 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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