OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

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Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

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A national strategy for cities: Taking ownership of urban policy

This chapter explores the need for cross-cutting national urban policy frameworks to help governments achieve an evidence-based, whole-of-government approach to policies with a major impact on urban development. It presents the elements to be considered in designing such a framework, as well as questions that can be used to assess the degree of policy coherence with respect to five areas: i) money (urban finances); ii) places (spatial planning and land use); iii) connectivity (within and across urban areas); iv) people (policies responding to demographic, economic and social change); v) institutions (structures for urban development policy co-ordination across sectors, jurisdictions and levels of government).

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