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Regional Governance

  • By: Tobias Federwisch
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The concept of regional governance refers to a mode of self-regulation that incorporates both public and private actors’ strategic planning and regional development initiatives. The approach is linked to the late modern transformation of statehood and can be understood as a reaction to state and municipal deficits in governing. Although the term has its origins in Britain, the phenomenon can be observed in many other Western countries, such as the United States and Germany. For this reason, it is appropriate for geographical research to focus on international comparisons of regional development strategies, evolutional pathways, and conflicts.

Criteria of Regional Governance

In recent decades, large-scale societal changes have radically undermined the idea of a strongly intervening nation-state. As the nation-state has been gradually displaced as the center of ...

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