Governing the City

How do cities govern themselves as they grow bigger? The answer can shape the competitiveness and quality of life in those cities and depends on a number of factors, ranging from the country's institutional framework to the cities' specific socioeconomic dynamics. This report presents a typology of metropolitan governance arrangements observed across OECD countries and offers guidance for cities seeking for more effective co-ordination, with a closer look at two sectors that are strategic importance for urban growth: transport and spatial planning. The report draws from international examples of metropolitan governance mechanisms, and includes a series of in-depth case studies in a selection of six large metropolitan areas: Aix-Marseille (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Daejeon (Korea), Puebla-Tlaxcala (Mexico), and Chicago (United States).

Published on February 18, 2015


Foreword and Acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
The governance of OECD metropolitan areas3 chapters available
How do OECD metropolitan areas govern themselves?
A closer look at two strategic sectors of metropolitan governance: Transport and spatial planning
Steps for effective metropolitan governance reforms
Case studies of selected OECD metropolitan areas6 chapters available
Aix-Marseille, France
Athens-Attica, Greece
Chicago, United States
Daejeon, Korea
Frankfurt, Germany
Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico
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