Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions

An International Comparative Perspective

by Jiang Xu, Anthony G.O. Yeh

Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography

Neoliberalism’s market revolution has had a tremendous effect on contemporary mega-city regions. The negative consequences of market-oriented politics for territorial growth have been recognized. While a lot of attention has been given to how planners and policy makers are fighting back political fragmentation through innovative governance and planning, little has been done to reveal such practices through an international comparative perspective.

Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions provides a comparative treatment and examination of how new approaches in governance and planning are reshaping mega-city regions around the world. The contributors highlight how European mega-city regions are evolving and how strategic intervention is being redefined to enable the integration of urban qualities in a multi-level governance environment; how traditional federal countries in North America and Australia see the promise of major policies and development initiatives finally moving ahead to herald a more strategic intervention at national and regional scales; and how transitional economies in China witness the rise of state strategies to control the articulation of scales and to reassert the functional importance of state in a growing diffused power context.

This book offers case studies written from a variety of theoretical and political perspectives by world leading scholars. It will appeal to upper level undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and policymakers interested in urban and regional planning, geography, sociology, public administrations and development studies.


  • Taylor and Francis; August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781135229139
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Human Geography
  • Author: Jiang Xu (ed.); Anthony G.O. Yeh (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge

About The Author

Jiang Xu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is an urban and regional specialist and co-author of Urban Development in Post Reform China: State, Market and Space (Routledge 2007).

Anthony Yeh, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning of the University of Hong Kong. His main areas of specialization are in urban development and planning in Hong Kong and China, and the applications of GIS in urban and regional planning. He is the recipient of the 2008 UN-HABITAT Lecture Award.