Governing the City

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OECD
18 Feb 2015
Pages:
196
ISBN:
9789264226500 (PDF) ;9789264226494(print)
DOI: 
10.1787/9789264226500-en

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How do cities govern themselves as they grow bigger? The answer can shape the competitiveness and quality of life in those cities and depends on a number of factors, ranging from the country's institutional framework to the cities' specific socioeconomic dynamics. This report presents a typology of metropolitan governance arrangements observed across OECD countries and offers guidance for cities seeking for more effective co-ordination, with a closer look at two sectors that are strategic importance for urban growth: transport and spatial planning.

The report draws from international examples of metropolitan governance mechanisms, and includes a series of in-depth case studies in a selection of six large metropolitan areas: Aix-Marseille (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Daejeon (Korea), Puebla-Tlaxcala (Mexico), and Chicago (United States).

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  • Expand / Collapse Hide / Show all Abstracts The governance of OECD metropolitan areas

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    • How do OECD metropolitan areas govern themselves?

      This chapter describes how OECD countries currently organise the governance of metropolitan areas. It draws primarily from two axes of research, the first quantitative and the second qualitative: i) the OECD Metropolitan Governance Survey, which collected and analysed data publicly available online about the governance structure of 263 OECD metropolitan areas that have over 500 000 inhabitants; and ii) field case studies in a selection of 6 OECD metropolitan areas (Aix-Marseille, France; Athens-Attica, Greece; Chicago, United States; Daejeon, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; and Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico).

    • A closer look at two strategic sectors of metropolitan governance: Transport and spatial planning

      This chapter takes a closer look at two of the most common fields of work of metropolitan governance authorities in OECD countries: transport and spatial planning. First, it reviews different configurations of governing transport and spatial planning in OECD metropolitan areas. It then discusses possible institutional arrangements to achieve more effective integration between transport and spatial planning.

    • Steps for effective metropolitan governance reforms

      This chapter assesses how OECD metropolitan areas have designed and implemented governance reforms. Drawing from a diversity of practical experiences in case study regions and beyond, it proposes a set of guidelines for conducting effective metropolitan governance reforms.

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  • Expand / Collapse Hide / Show all Abstracts Case studies of selected OECD metropolitan areas

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    • Aix-Marseille, France

      This chapter begins with a brief socio-economic and institutional overview of the Marseille metropolitan region. It then explores the current status of inter-municipal collaboration, in particular with respect to public transport and spatial planning. Lastly, it discusses the metropolitan governance reforms of 2013.

    • Athens-Attica, Greece

      This chapter discusses existing metropolitan governance arrangements in Athens-Attica, with a closer look at the governance of two strategic sectors: transport and spatial planning. It concludes with possible considerations for strengthening future policy co-ordination in the metropolitan area.

    • Chicago, United States

      This chapter aims to assess the degree of fragmentation in the metropolitan governance in Chicago (Illinois), United States and its impact on transport and land-use planning, and to identify possible avenues for reform.

    • Daejeon, Korea

      This chapter begins with a brief socio-economic and institutional overview of the Daejeon metropolitan region. It then explores the current status of inter-municipal collaboration in two major sectors for urban development: transport and land use. Finally, it reviews existing metropolitan collaboration tools.

    • Frankfurt, Germany

      This chapter studies the governance of the Frankfurt metropolitan area. It focuses on public transport and spatial planning issues. It provides an overview of the economic conditions in the metropolitan area and analyses the role of the regional association of municipalities (Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain) and the state of Hesse for metropolitan governance.

    • Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico

      This chapter begins with a brief socio-economic and institutional overview of the Puebla-Tlaxcala metropolitan region. It then explores the current status of inter-municipal collaboration in two major sectors for urban development: transport and land use. Finally, it reviews existing metropolitan collaboration tools.

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