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Governing beyond the metropolis: Placing the rural in city-region development

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posted on 22.10.2020, 10:59 authored by John HarrisonJohn Harrison, Jesse Heley
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.

Funding

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.

History

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Urban Studies

Volume

52

Issue

6

Pages

1113 - 1133

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.

Publisher

SAGE © Urban Studies Journal Limited

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2014-05-07

Notes

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

ISSN

0042-0980

Language

en