The Regional Imperative: Regional Planning and Governance in Britain, Europe and the United States, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Regional Imperative

Regional Planning and Governance in Britain, Europe and the United States, 1st Edition

By Urlan A. Wannop


464 pages

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Based on cases and interviews in Britain, Europe and the United States, this book explains the recurrence of regional planning and of initiatives in regional governance, in a wide range of advanced industrial countries. Providing an analysis of the nature of regional planning and governance, the book traces the development of regional planning and the institutions associated with it. It also looks at the way that regions have been changing their form under pressure from economic and political developments and examines how regional planning and governance has responded, comparing experience in the UK, the rest of Europe and the US.

In concluding that regionalism is an imperative feature of politics in most countries, associated with almost any of the variety of forms of governance, the author offers a major appraisal of the significance of regional planning in an intemational context

Table of Contents

The Rise of UK Practice - Containment by Conference :South East England and the West Midlands - Adversity and Innovation :Strathclyde and North West England - Has Regional Planning in the United Kingdom Been Successful? - Regional Planning and Governance in the United Kingdom in the 1990's - Regional Planning in Europe - The United States - Regions and the Nature of Regional Planning - A Cross National Comparison - The Future of Regional Planning and Governance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General