Governing the City

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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).



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).


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