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Reconsidering Territorial Governance to Account for Enhanced Rural-Urban Interdependence in America

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Brown, Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


© 2017, © 2017 by The American Academy of Political and Social Science. The urban-rural interface is structured by intense social, economic, and environmental interdependencies among urban and rural places. Accordingly, we argue that the rural-urban interface should be governed in a new, hybrid manner—one that accounts for both place-based and relational exigencies. The United States lacks a coherent, coordinated approach to multijurisdictional planning and governance, but multijurisdictional governance can and often does succeed through cooperation at the state and local levels. To illustrate this point, and to ground the theoretical discussion, we present three examples of multijurisdictional planning that are effective at the local level, and one example that has failed to accomplish such goals. Governance of the zone of rural-urban interactions will be more effective and accountable if policies and programs involve not only the constituent municipalities located in this space, but also the social, economic, and environmental relationships in which these communities are embedded.

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Author(s): Brown DL, Shucksmith M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Year: 2017

Volume: 672

Issue: 1

Pages: 282-301

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Online publication date: 23/06/2017

Acceptance date: 13/12/2016

Date deposited: 14/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0002-7162

ISSN (electronic): 1552-3349

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0002716217706495


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