In response to both policy and conceptual debates, alternative narratives have begun to emerge about territorial governance and policymaking. As local and regional policy actors strive to respond to the geographically uneven effects of the economic crises of the early twenty-first century, a crucial question emerges: what are the opportunities and challenges presented by alternative forms of territorially based governance and policy?

The aim of this edited volume, therefore, is critically to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by different forms of territorial policy and governance. Drawing on conceptual debates and empirical research from the United Kingdom and other international contexts, the contributors engage with issues around the politics and governance of territorial development, economic development, planning and regeneration and the environment. Territorial Policy and Governance addresses the question of how alternative forms of territorial governance and policy can help to shape patterns of urban and regional development, highlighting the related opportunities, constraints and challenges that confront their operationalisation.

This book will be essential reading for international audiences with an interest in territorial development, governance, politics, human geography and planning and regeneration.

chapter 1|13 pages


part II|54 pages

Flexible regionalism

chapter 6|32 pages

Multi-level geographies of trans-boundary cooperation in Catalonia

Governance, planning and ‘cross-border spaces of regionalist engagement’

part III|38 pages

Mobility and circularity in urban–regional policy

chapter 7|20 pages

Business improvement districts in the United Kingdom

Territorialising a ‘global’ model?

chapter 8|15 pages

‘Where it’s at’

Fashions and fads in British local economic-development policy

part IV|22 pages

Embedding environmental concerns in regional governance and policy