Governing Cities Through Regions: Canadian and European Perspectives

Governing Cities Through Regions: Canadian and European Perspectives


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The region is back in town. Galloping urbanization has pushed beyond historical notions of metropolitanism. City-regions have experienced, in Edward Soja’s terms, “an epochal shift in the nature of the city and the urbanization process, marking the beginning of the end of the modern metropolis as we knew it.”

Governing Cities Through Regions broadens and deepens our understanding of metropolitan governance through an innovative comparative project that engages with Anglo-American, French, and German literatures on the subject of regional governance. It expands the comparative angle from issues of economic competiveness and social cohesion to topical and relevant fields such as housing and transportation, and it expands comparative work on municipal governance to the regional scale.

With contributions from established and emerging international scholars of urban and regional governance, the volume covers conceptual topics and case studies that contrast the experience of a range of Canadian metropolitan regions with a strong selection of European regions. It starts from assumptions of limited conversion among regions across the Atlantic but is keenly aware of the remarkable differences in urban regions’ path dependencies in which the larger processes of globalization and neo-liberalization are situated and materialized.

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ISBN-13: 9781771122771
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 12/12/2016
Pages: 295
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Roger Keil is York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. A former director of York’s City Institute, he researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, and regional governance. He is the editor of Suburban Constellations (2013) and co-editor (with Pierre Hamel) of Suburban Governance: A Global View (2015).

Pierre Hamel is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université de Montréal. He is affiliated with CÉRIUM at the same university. His research interests focus on three themes: 1) urban policies; 2) collective action; 3) institutional regulation of social and economic inequalities. He has published extensively on social movements, urban politics, governance and local democracy. He is the editor of the journal Sociologie et sociétés.

Julie-Anne Boudreau has her doctorate of Urban Planning from UCLA. Professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, she held the Canada Research Chair in urbanity, insecurity, and political action from 2005-2015 and was editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) from 2010 to 2015. Her most recent book is Global Urban Politics (2016).

Stefan Kipfer teaches urbanization, politics and planning in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has published widely on social and political theory, the city and urbanization, and comparative urban politics.

Table of Contents


Section A: Conceptual, Comparative, and General Considerations

1 Regional Governance Revisited: Political Space, Collective Agency, and Identity / Roger Keil, Pierre Hamel, Julie-Anne Boudreau, Stefan Kipfer, and Ahmed Allahwala

2 Social Agency and Collective Action in the Structurally Transformed Metropolis: Past and Future Research Agendas / Julie-Anne Boudreau and Pierre Hamel

3 Movements and Politics in the Metropolitan Region / Margit Mayer

4 Governing the Built Environment in European Metropolitan Regions: Financialization, Responsibilization, and Urban Competition / Susanne Heeg

5 The Global City-Region: A Constantly Emerging Scalar Fix / Bernd Belina and Ute Lehrer

Section B: Canadian Regions

6 Internalized Globalization and Regional Governance in the Toronto Region / Roger Keil and Jean-Paul D. Addie

7 Governing the Networked Metropolis: The Regionalization of Urban Transportation in Southern Ontario / Jean-Paul D. Addie

8 “Build Toronto” (Not Social Housing): Neglecting the Social Housing Question in a Competitive City-Region / Teresa Abbruzzese

9 Shortcomings and Promises of Governing City-Regions in the Canadian Federal Context: The Example of Montreal / Pierre Hamel

10 Winnipeg: Aspirational Planning, Chaotic Development / Christopher Leo

11 Sustainability Fix Meets Growth Machine: Attempting to Govern the Calgary Metropolitan Region / Byron Miller

12 Provincial Distrust Weighs on Vancouver’s Regional Governance / Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Ève Arcand

Section C: European Regions

13 The Global City Comes Home: Internalized Globalization in Frankfurt Rhine-Main / Roger Keil and Christoph Siegl

14 Grand Paris: The Bumpy Road toward Metropolitan Governance / Stefan Kipfer, Julie-Anne Boudreau, Pierre Hamel, and Antoine Noubouwo

15 Genealogies of Urban-Regional Governance: Journeys in a Post-Socialist City-Region / Mark Whitehead

16 Building Narratives of City-Regions: The Case of Barcelona / Mariona Tomàs

17 The Resistible Rise of Italy’s Metropolitan Regions: The Politics of Sub-National Government Reform in Postwar Italy / Simon Parker

18 The Uncertain Development of Metropolitan Governance: Comparing England’s First and Second City-Regions / Ian Gordon, Michael Harloe, and Alan Harding

19 Conclusion: North Atlantic Urban and Regional Governance / Julie-Anne Boudreau, Pierre Hamel, Roger Keil and Stefan Kipfer

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