Smart Transitions in City Regionalism

Smart Transitions in City Regionalism : Territory, Politics and the Quest for Competitiveness and Sustainability

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In recent years, smartness has risen as a buzzword to characterise urban policy that goes beyond a one-dimensional 'growth agenda' by addressing the multifaceted quest for sustainability, itself a much used term. Hence, it is contended that there is a new emphasis on qualitative and responsible growth. Central to this shift has been the concept of transition - providing the broader context and points of reference for adopting smartness in reconciling competing interests and agendas in city-regional governance. Hence, recent discourses of 'smartness' and 'smart cities' now typically incorporate wider political and policy concerns with economic competitiveness, ecological sustainability, energy budgets, improved administrative efficacy, data integration and coordination, technology, citizen empowerment leading to, it is hoped, ultimately more agile, intelligent and efficient cultures of territorial (e)governance. In this book, the authors scrutinise these ambitions and claims and how these smart cities and city regions interact with conventional state structures and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white tables
  • 1138903604
  • 9781138903609

About Tassilo Herrschel

Tassilo Herrschel is Reader in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Governance at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom Yonn Dierwechter is Associate Professor in the Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma, United Statesshow more

Table of contents

Part One: Smart City Regionalism and 'Dual Transition 1. Smart Transitions in City Regionalism 2. City Regions: the Economic Dimension 3. City Regions: the Political Dimension Part Two: Case Study Applications 4. Going for Smartness: Reframing City Regionalism 5. Beyond Post-Fordist Regimes 6. Beyond Post Authoritarian Regimes 7. Conclusionsshow more