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Polycentric spatial development: institutional challenges to intermunicipal cooperation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8170-3100
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2011 (English)In: Jahrbuch für Regional Wissenschaft, ISSN 0173-7600, Vol. 31, no 2, 155-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Policies supporting a polycentric metropolitan spatial structure have been suggested as an effective way to achieve sustainable environmental, economic and social urban development. However, there are significant challenges to implementing a polycentric spatial strategy in practice. Metropolitan space is governed by many large and small municipalities and infrastructure investments are determined by local, regional and national authorities and private developers. Polycentric spatial strategies meet classic collective action problems since local costs and benefits are asymmetrical. Most metropolitan regions lack effective institutions for resolving social dilemmas and collective action challenges that could facilitate land use and transport policies supporting polycentric or other sustainable spatial strategies. This study of intermunicipal dialogue regarding the polycentric spatial strategy in the Stockholmregion suggests that cooperation for polycentric spatial development may in fact lead instead to a corridor development pattern.

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2011. Vol. 31, no 2, 155-171 p.
Keyword [en]
institutions polycentric spatial development planning
Keyword [sv]
institutioner flerkärnig planering utveckling
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61028DOI: 10.1007/s10037-011-0054-xScopusID: 2-s2.0-80053574622OAI: diva2:478390
QC 20120117Available from: 2012-01-16 Created: 2012-01-16 Last updated: 2012-01-17Bibliographically approved

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