Metropolitan Regions, Planning and Governance

  • Karsten Zimmermann
  • Daniel Galland
  • John Harrison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Institutions and Institutional Shifts

  3. Policies and Ideas

  4. Spatial Imaginaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. John Harrison, Valeria Fedeli, Patricia Feiertag
      Pages 135-154
    3. Patricia Feiertag, John Harrison, Valeria Fedeli
      Pages 155-172
  5. Planning Styles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Savaş Zafer Şahin, Daniel Galland, Mark Tewdwr-Jones
      Pages 211-224
  6. Metropolitan Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Daniel Galland, John Harrison, Mark Tewdwr-Jones
      Pages 237-256
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-270

About this book


The aim of this book is to investigate contemporary processes of metropolitan change and approaches to planning and governing metropolitan regions. To do so, it focuses on four central tenets of metropolitan change in terms of planning and governance: institutional approaches, policy mobilities, spatial imaginaries, and planning styles. The book’s main contribution lies in providing readers with a new conceptual and analytical framework for researching contemporary dynamics in metropolitan regions. It will chiefly benefit researchers and students in planning, urban studies, policy and governance studies, especially those interested in metropolitan regions.

The relentless pace of urban change in globalization poses fundamental questions about how to best plan and govern 21st-century metropolitan regions. The problem for metropolitan regions—especially for those with policy and decision-making responsibilities—is a growing recognition that these spaces are typically reliant on inadequate urban-economic infrastructure and fragmented planning and governance arrangements. Moreover, as the demand for more ‘appropriate’—i.e., more flexible, networked and smart—forms of planning and governance increases, new expressions of territorial cooperation and conflict are emerging around issues and agendas of (de-)growth, infrastructure expansion, and the collective provision of services.


Metropolitan Regions Metropolitan Planning Metropolitan Governance Urban and Regional Planning Urban and Regional Governance City-regions Regional Studies Urban Studies Spatial Planning Metropolitan Dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Karsten Zimmermann
    • 1
  • Daniel Galland
    • 2
  • John Harrison
    • 3
  1. 1.Technical University of DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Life SciencesÅsNorway
  3. 3.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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