EconStor >
University of California (UC) >
UC Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) >
Working Papers, IURD, UC Berkeley >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

http://hdl.handle.net/10419/59402
  

Full metadata record

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorInnes, Judith E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBooher, David E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDi Vittorio, Sarahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-13en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-22T14:12:15Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-22T14:12:15Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/59402-
dc.description.abstractMetropolitan areas in the U.S. are increasingly growing together into megaregions with many linkages and interdependencies in their economies, infrastructure, and natural resources, but they are not linked well in terms of governance. Hundreds of jurisdictions, federal and state sectoral agencies, and regulatory bodies make independent and conflicting decisions with no entity focusing on the region's overall welfare. The Purpose of the research is to investigate potential governance strategies for such megaregions. As we have noted elsewhere, collaborative and networked processes can do many of the needed tasks for regional governance, as they fill gaps where government fails to operate, cross jurisdictional and functional boundaries, engage public and private sector actors on common tasks, and focus on the collective welfare of a region. Our goal is to identify strategies that allowed such processes to have some success in planning and managing resources, in adapting to unique conditions, and in mobilizing key players in joint action. We rely on our own in-depth research in California on two major water planning cases, CALFED and the Sacramento Water Forum, and on two cases of regional civic voluntary organizations known as Collaborative Regional Initiatives. We use two interrelated analytical perspectives, complexity theory and network analysis, to develop our findings. These largely successful cases shared the following features: diverse, interdependent players; collaborative dialogue; joint knowledge development; creation of networks and social and political capital; and boundary spanning. They were largely self organizing, building capacity and altering norms and practices to focus on questions beyond the parochial interests of players. They created new and often long term working relationships and a collective ability to respond constructively to changes and stresses on the system. Planners have important roles to play in megaregion governance in designing processes, creating, supporting and managing networks, creating arenas for strategy formation, nourishing strategic understanding and a vigorous public realm. Some can be visionaries, others advocates, providers of technical assistance, or skilled facilitators. Without the potential for traditional hierarchical government planners, cannot hope to control outcomes, but they can help to create self-organizing sustainability. The biggest challenge will be to design institutional settings where planners can do these tasks.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv. of California, Inst. of Urban and Regional Development Berkeley, Califen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper, Institute of Urban and Regional Development 2010-03en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordmegaregionen_US
dc.subject.keywordgovernanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordcollaborationen_US
dc.subject.keywordnetworksen_US
dc.subject.keywordurban complexityen_US
dc.subject.keywordclimate changeen_US
dc.subject.keywordsustainabilityen_US
dc.titleStrategies for megaregion governance: Collaborative dialogue, networks and self organizationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn636619028en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IURD, UC Berkeley

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
636619028.pdf914.73 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Show simple item record
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.