Urban governance, urban policy and the political economy of territorial competition

This project focuses on processes underlying, shaping and/or constraining the development of new forms of governance of cities and regions in the context of intensified economic competition and increasingly complex metropolitan areas. Its particular interests include the relations between: underlying political pressures and the rhetoric of governance; the political economy of collective action and biases in the types of policy pursued in different settings; and on more productive ways of engendering collaboration across different scales of spatial organisation.

Staff member: Ian Gordon with Shiuh-Shen Chien and others

Project period: Continuing

Funding: Partly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Cities programme) and European Social Fund (COST A26 on multi-level metropolitan governance)

Related publications:

  • Buck, N., Gordon, I., Harding, A. & Turok, I. (2005) ‘Moving beyond the new conventional wisdom’, pp. 265-282 in Buck, Gordon, Harding and Turok (eds.) Changing Cities: rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Chien, S-S. & Gordon, I. (2008) ‘Territorial competition in China and the West’, Regional Studies, Vol. 42, pp. 1-18
  • Gordon, I. (2005) ‘Integrating cities’, pp. 78-93 in Buck, Gordon, Harding and Turok, (eds.) Changing Cities: rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gordon, I. (2007) ‘Finding institutional leadership for regional networks: the case of London and the greater South East’, ch. 10 in Salet, W. & Jørgensen, J. N. (eds.) Synergy in Urban Networks, The Hague: SDU Uitgevers
  • Gordon, I. & Buck, N. (2005) ‘Cities in the new conventional wisdom’, pp. 1-21, in Buck, Gordon, Harding and Turok (eds.) Changing Cities: rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gordon, I. & Travers, T. (forthcoming) ‘Planning the ungovernable city’, City, Culture and Society
  • Gordon, I. & Travers, T. & Whitehead, C. (2008) ‘Local authorities and the downturn: a review of issues, experience and options’, SERC Policy Paper 3, Spatial Economics Research Centre; also published by DCLG REDA Panel

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