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 pilot project in Skåne and Västra-Götaland merging counties with a directly elected regional assembly and responsibility for regional development was made permanent in 2011. In the spring of 2014, the parliament reallocated the responsibility for regional development in six more counties. From January 2015, the county councils (directly elected regional assemblies) in Jönköping, Örebro, Gävleborg, Östergötland, Jämtland and Kronoberg will gain responsibility for regional development from the county administrative boards (national government agencies at the regional level).

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