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    Creating City-region Governance Structures in a Dysfunctional Polity: The Case of Ireland’s National Spatial Strategy


    Breathnach, Proinnsias (2014) Creating City-region Governance Structures in a Dysfunctional Polity: The Case of Ireland’s National Spatial Strategy. Urban Studies, 51 (11). pp. 2267-2284. ISSN 0042-0980

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    Abstract

    Devolution of powers and functions from national to regional level has been a common experience internationally in recent times. A range of possible driving forces underpinning this trend are reviewed. The city-region has become a favoured spatial unit for organising direct regional participation in global markets. New governance structures are being forged for mobilising joint cross-communuty action in pursuit of broad regional objectives. A range of influences can shape the configuration of these structures, giving rise to a varied geography of regional governance arrangements. This paper focuses on the dysfunctional governance structures which have inhibited the implementation of the National Spatial Strategy, introduced by the Irish government in 2002 with the objective of achieving balanced regional development through the creation of a polycentric system of city-regions. These structures are described and their origins attributed to features of the Irish system of government which favour administrative centralisation over devolution.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: City-region Governance Structures; Dysfunctional Polity; Case; Ireland; National Spatial Strategy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 9050
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013493477
    Depositing User: Proinnsias Breathnach
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 15:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Urban Studies
    Publisher: SAGE
    Refereed: Yes
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