URBAN NETWORKS AND GOVERNANCE IN CITY-REGION PLANING: STATE-LED REGION BUILDING IN NANJING CITY-REGION, CHINA
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AbstractDuring the transition towards a more market-oriented economy and entrepreneurial governance, local authorities have attempted to create new cross-jurisdiction regional entities to enhance their competitiveness through making city-region plans or regional strategic plans in China. This article analyses the process of region building in China through a case study of Nanjing city-region. We argue that region building is a state-led regional project in China, not a spontaneous process. City-region planning has played a legitimacy-seeking role in the construction of new regions. Based on the discourse provided by the city-region plan, associated city networks are being created as a mechanism for plan implementation and regional coordination. This signals that regional planning is entering the stage of regional institution building. By assessing the capacity of regional institutions, we argue that the newly-emerged regional institutions or urban networks have facilitated regionalization in terms of the increasing involvement of non-state actors, the formation of regional coherence and identity and the enhanced inter-city co-operation. However, it is still difficult to establish effective regional governance due to competing local governments, the arbitrary political leadership and the fragmented planning functions.
All Author(s) ListLuo XL, Shen JF, Chen W
Journal nameGeografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography
Year2010
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Day1
Volume Number92B
Issue Number4
PublisherWiley: 24 months
Pages311 - 326
ISSN0435-3684
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordscity-region planning; Nanjing city-region; region building; regional governance
Web of Science Subject CategoriesGeography; GEOGRAPHY

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