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Spatiality of Local Governments in European Intermediate Urban Regions: A Methodological Approach

Christophe Breuer
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Geography, University of Liège, Clos Mercator 3 (B11), 4000 Liège, Belgium
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/ Jean-Marie Halleux
  • Department of Geography, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
Published Online: 2016-06-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/quageo-2016-0014

Abstract

Local authorities are central actors in the governance of European intermediate urban regions. In this paper, we propose a methodology to analyse the fragmentation of local authorities within 119 urban regions. We tested several European databases to create indicators of fragmentation and to develop a typology of fragmentation within cities. Our results show that the Eurostat Cities programme gives a consistent spatial definition of urban regions and that their fragmentation is mainly influenced by national contexts. The developed methodology is a contribution to the debate on territorial reforms and urban governance transformations.

Keywords: urban governance; local authorities; governance indicators; geography of governance; European intermediate cities

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About the article

Received: 2016-02-03

Revised: 2016-04-15

Published Online: 2016-06-15

Published in Print: 2016-06-01


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