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category: Political Science
published: Dec 2016
publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Governing Cities through Regions

Canadian and European Perspectives

edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel

tagged: city planning & urban development, urban & land use planning

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.”

The emergence of this “real existing regionalism” in urban areas around the world finds expression in new literatures and publication projects to which this book makes a contribution. 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 cases. It starts from assumptions of limited conversion among regions across the Atlantic but is keenly aware of the idiosyncratic and remarkable differences in urban regions’ path dependencies in which the larger processes of globalization and neoliberalization are situated and materialized.

About the Authors
Roger Keil is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the principal investigator of Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century.

Julie-Anne Boudreau is Associate Professor at the Center for Urbanisation, Culture, and Society of the National Institute for Scientific Research in Montreal. She holds the Canada Research Chair on the City and Issues of Insecurity. Her recent work focuses on fear in the city and fear of the city.

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.

Pierre Hamel is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université de Montréal.

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