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Creating City-region Governance Structures in a Dysfunctional Polity: The Case of Ireland’s National Spatial Strategy
Breathnach, Proinnsias
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.
Keyword(s): City-region Governance Structures; Dysfunctional Polity; Case; Ireland; National Spatial Strategy
Publication Date:
2014
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): 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
Publisher(s): SAGE
File Format(s): other
Related Link(s): http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/9050/1/PB_creating%20city-region.pdf
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