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Territorial Governance across Europe

Pathways, Practices and Prospects, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Schmitt, Lisa Van Well


278 pages

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This book provides a comprehensive framework for analysing, comparing and promoting territorial governance in policy relevant research. It reveals in-depth considerations of the emergence, state-of-the art and evolution of the concept of territorial governance. A unique series of ten case studies across Europe, from neighbourhood planning in North Shields in the North East of England to climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region, provides far-reaching insights into a number of key elements of territorial governance. The book draws generalised empirically-based conclusions and discusses modes of transferability of ‘good practices’. A number of suggestions are presented as to how the main findings from this book can inform theories of territorial governance and spatial policy and planning.

Territorial Governance across Europe will be of considerable interest to scholars around the world who are concerned with European studies, regional policy, urban and regional planning, and human and political geography. It provides a solid debate on discourses, theories, concepts and methods around the notion of territorial governance as well as a number of empirical findings from various contexts across Europe. It specifically targets scholars involved in policy-relevant research.


'The discussions in this edited volume are at the forefront of the territorial governance debate, as it helps to capture knowledge-related and territorial/place-based elements, which have been overlooked

in other governance-research frameworks. The novelty of the book lies not on trying to define (once again) 'governance' but focuses, instead, on the processes by which actors and institutions at different

levels formulate and implement policies, programmes and projects, in order to achieve - in an efficient, inclusive and sustainable manner - a territorial goal.'

Eduardo Oliveira (2016), Regional Studies

Table of Contents

Part I: Exploring Territorial Governance Pathways across Europe, 1. Territorial Governance across Europe – Setting the Stage (Lisa Van Well and Peter Schmitt), 2. Shifts in Governance and Government across Europe (Dominic Stead and Ilona Pálné Kovács), 3. Territorial Governance Challenging Government (Andreas Faludi), 4. Guiding Principles of ‘Good’ Territorial Governance (Simin Davoudi and Paul Cowie) Part II: Territorial Governance in Practice – Ten European Cases, 5. Territorial Governance at Play: Methodological Introduction to the Case Studies (Peter Schmitt and Lisa Van Well), 6. Hyper-local planning in England: Territorial Governance at the Neighbourhood Scale (Paul Cowie, Geoff Vigar, Simin Davoudi and Ali Madanipour), 7. The ’European Capital of Culture - Pécs’: Territorial Governance Challenges within a Centralised Context (Ilona Pálné Kovács and Zoltán Grünhut), 8. Planning for Resource Efficiency in Stockholm: ‘Good’ Territorial Governance Practices without Consistency (Mitchell Reardon and Peter Schmitt), 9. Territorial Governance Faces Complexity: The South Loire Plan for Territorial Cohesion (Alberta de Luca and Nadia Caruso), 10. Integrating Public Transport and Urban Development in the Southern Randstad (Marjolein Spaans and Dominic Stead), 11. Maintaining Stable Regional Territorial Governance Institutions in Times of Change - Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Paul Cowie, Ali Madanipour, Simin Davoudi and Geoff Vigar), 12.Limited involvement: The Role of Local and Regional Actors in the Hungarian Structural Fund Management (Cecília Mezei), 13. The Rise of a New Territorial Governance Domain: Flood Management in the Rhine River Basin (Wil Zonneveld & Alexander Wandl), 14. The Trilateral Nature Park Goričko-Raab-Örség: A Project-Based Mode of Territorial Governance (Marko Peterlin and Maja Simoneti), 15. A Role for Macro-Regions: Climate Change Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region (Stefanie Lange Scherbenske and Lisa Van Well), Part III: Prospects on Territorial Governance across Europe, 16. Revisiting Territorial Governance: Twenty Empirically Informed Components (Peter Schmitt and Lisa Van Well), 17. Transferring ‘Good’ Territorial Governance across Europe: Opportunities and Barriers (Giancarlo Cotella, Umberto Janin Rivolin and Marco Santangelo), 18. Towards Future Territorial Governance (Lisa Van Well, Simin Davoudi, Umberto Janin Rivolin, Ilona Pálné Kovács and Peter Schmitt)

About the Editors

Peter Schmitt is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Geography at Stockholm University and Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio, the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development. He has a PhD in Spatial Planning from Dortmund University. His areas of expertise are in the fields of territorial governance and regional planning.

Lisa Van Well is a Senior Researcher at the Swedish Geotechnical Institute. She has a PhD in Regional Planning from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her areas of expertise and publication are in the policy relevant fields of climate change adaptation governance, regional development and European territorial cooperation.

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