Smart Transitions in City Regionalism: Territory, Politics and the Quest for Competitiveness and Sustainability, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Smart Transitions in City Regionalism

Territory, Politics and the Quest for Competitiveness and Sustainability, 1st Edition

By Tassilo Herrschel, Yonn Dierwechter


244 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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In recent years "smartness" has risen as a buzzword to characterize novel urban policy and development patterns. As a result of this, debates around what "smart" actually means, both theoretically and empirically, have emerged within the interdisciplinary arenas of urban and regional studies. This book explores the changes in discourse, rationality and selected responses of smartness through the theme of "transition."

The concept of transition provides the broader context and points of reference for adopting smartness in reconciling competing interests and agendas in city-regional governance. Using case studies from around the world, including North America, Europe and South Africa, the authors link external regime transition in societal values and goals with internal moves towards smartness. While reflecting the growing integration of overarching themes and analytical concerns, this volume further develops work on smartness, smart growth, transition, city-regionalism, governance and sustainability.

Smart Transitions in City Regionalism explores how smart cities and city regions interact with conventional state structures. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and advanced undergraduates across urban studies, geography, sustainability studies and political science.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. The Smart Turn: Tracing Transitions to City-Regional Smartness, 2. Economic Factors in Shaping City Regionalism and ‘Smartness’, 3. Political Factors in Shaping City Regionalism and ‘Smartness’, 4. Going for ‘smartness’: reframing city-regionalism, 5. Beyond Post-Fordist Regimes: Smart City-Regionalism in North America and Western Europe, 6. Beyond Post-Authoritarian Regimes: Smart City-Regionalism in Eastern Europe and South Africa, 7. Conclusions: Smart transitions in city-regionalism

About the Authors

Tassilo Herrschel is a Reader in Urban and Regional Governance in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, UK, and Associate Research Fellow at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Yonn Dierwechter is Professor in the Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma, USA

About the Series

Regions and Cities

In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development