Networks of connectivity, territorial fragmentation, uneven development: the new politics of city regionalism
journal contributionposted on 2010-01-18, 14:48 authored by John HarrisonJohn Harrison
Over the past decade much has been written about the centrality of city-regions to accounts of economic success. But despite a rich and varied literature highlighting the importance of city-centric capitalism, the concept of the city-region remains ambiguous. Defined in economic terms, all too often what is missing from these accounts is how city-regions are constructed politically, and the processes by which they are rendered visible spaces. While recent interventions have done much to advance debates on the former, this paper explores the struggle to define, delimit and designate city-regions through recent endeavours to construct a spatial map of city-regions in England. The aim is to demonstrate how the processes by which city-regions are constructed politically are the mediated outcome of trans-regional economic flows and political claims to territory. The paper concludes by relating these findings to ongoing debates around state, space and scalar geographies, and speculates what they might mean for the future of city-regional debate.
- Social Sciences
- Geography and Environment
CitationHARRISON, J., 2010. Networks of connectivity, territorial fragmentation, uneven development: the new politics of city regionalism. Political Geography, 29 (1), pp. 17-27.
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
NotesThis article has been accepted for publication in the journal, Political Geography [© Elsevier] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2009.12.002