Policies, Practices and Positioning
Edited by Per Olof Berg and Emma Björner
Chapter 5: Promoting mega-city development through metropolitan governance: the case of the Pearl River Delta region
As metropolitan areas become increasingly important in the global economy, mega-cities in China are adopting an aggressive metropolitan governance strategy to compete in a fast-changing competitive environment. This strategy - which is based on a metropolitan-wide policy focus - is one of the drivers behind the new form of mega-city development in contemporary China. While the main focus of urban research is focused on the spatial transformation and economic development of mega-cities, there is a lack of studies on metropolitan governance as a primary driving force for mega-city development. Government policies and strategies related to mega-city development include both structural changes of governments, and territorial reorganisation in metropolitan regions around mega-cities. The purpose of this chapter is to use the Pearl River Delta region as a case, to describe economic development, urban planning and metropolitan governance policies in operation in China today. The chapter shows that metropolitan governance has become a major policy for promoting mega-city development in China.
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