12. Creative Knowledge Strategies for Polycentric City-Regions

  1. Sako Musterd3 and
  2. Zoltán Kovács4
  1. Marco Bontje1 and
  2. Kaisa Kepsu2

Published Online: 5 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch12

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities

How to Cite

Bontje, M. and Kepsu, K. (2013) Creative Knowledge Strategies for Polycentric City-Regions, in Place-making and Policies for Competitive Cities (eds S. Musterd and Z. Kovács), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118554579.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 4

    Institute of Geography, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470675038

Online ISBN: 9781118554579

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Keywords:

  • monocentric regions;
  • polycentric regions;
  • urban regions;
  • cooperation;
  • urban competition;
  • complementarity;
  • policy collaboration

Summary

When urban regions get larger, and roughly pass the population threshold of one million, their structure is likely to become polycentric rather than monocentric. In this situation, local administrative units, often municipalities, have to cooperate with each other to develop common strategic capacity. Because they differ so much from each other, and because of the necessity to cooperate, they are more or less forced to develop complementary milieus within the urban region. However, there is also an on-going tendency for smaller units in such regions to compete with each other. New policies to profit from multiple strengths and internal cooperation may present more opportunities than policies that are based on internal competition.