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OECD Rural Policy Reviews
Rural-Urban Partnerships
An Integrated Approach to Economic Development
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  24 Oct 2013
Pages: 332 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264204812 , OECD Code: 042013101E1
Price:   €63 | $88 | £56 | ¥8100 | MXN1130
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Urban and rural areas enjoy different and often complementary assets, and better integration between them is important for socio-economic performance. This report provides a framework to understand the changing relationships between urban and rural areas. It is focused on one approach that can enhance and better manage rural-urban relationships – the use of rural-urban partnerships. Specifically, it documents the characteristics of these partnerships and the factors that can hinder as well as enable rural-urban co-operation. Different governance approaches to manage rural-urban relationships are identified and discussed. Finally, recommendations are provided to help national, regional and local policy makers to build effective and sustainable rural-urban partnerships for better economic development.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations13
Executive summary 15
Part I Rural-urban partnerships: A tool for economic development 19
Chapter 1. Understanding rural-urban partnerships: Context and definition 21
-Beyond the rural-urban dichotomy 22
-Trends in urban and rural areas  25
-From linkages to partnership 34
-Annex 1.A1. The effect of proximity between urban and rural regions  39
-Bibliography 42
Chapter 2. Purposes and outcomes of rural-urban partnerships 47
-The purposes of rural-urban partnerships 48
-Benefits and risks of rural-urban partnerships 58
-Bibliography  67
Chapter 3. Taking a functional region approach to rural-urban partnerships 69
-Functional regions: Definition and major identification strategies 70
-The complex geography of rural-urban partnership 75
-Overcoming the challenges of adopting a functional region approach in policy making 81
-Annex 3.A1. Partnership geographies of case studies 84
-Bibliography 86
Chapter 4. Understanding the dynamics of rural-urban partnerships 87
-Overview of the rural-urban partnership process 88
-Factors that could help or hinder rural-urban partnerships 98
-Bibliography 103
Chapter 5. Creating a governance framework for rural-urban partnerships  105
-Rural-urban governance framework derived from the case studies 108
-Drawing lessons from the rural-urban framework 121
-Targeting support mechanisms for rural-urban partnerships – lessons from the framework 123
-Policy co-ordination failures: How rural-urban partnerships can help 129
-Bibliography 132
Chapter 6. A strategy to build effective rural-urban partnerships 135
-The rationale for rural-urban partnership 136
-Strengthening rural-urban partnership: A strategy 137
-Directions for further research 149
-Bibliography 151
Chapter 7. Australia: Geelong Region Alliance (G21) – Geelong
Chapter 8. Czech Republic: Prague-Central Bohemia 173
Chapter 9. Finland: Jyväskylä and Saarijärvi-Viitasaari – Central Finland 185
Chapter 10. France: Rennes Métropole – Rennes  201
Chapter 11. Germany: Nuremberg Metropolitan Region 217
Chapter 12. Italy: Province of Forlì-Cesena – Emilia-Romagna  235
Chapter 13. Netherlands: The BrabantStad partnership – Brabant 251
Chapter 14. Poland: Central Zone – West Pomeranian Region 267
Chapter 15. Portugal: Castelo Branco – Beira Interior Sul 
Chapter 16. Spain: Extremadura 299
Chapter 17. United States: Lexington metropolitan region – Lexington, Kentucky 315

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