Regional Development


Redefining "Urban"

A New Way to Measure Metropolitan Areas

This report compares urbanisation trends in OECD countries on the basis of a newly defined OECD methodology which enables cross-country comparison of the socio-econimic and environmental performance of metropolitan areas in OECD countries. The methodology is presented and results from its application to 27 OECD countries are discussed together with policy implication both on national growth and governance of cities. The report also includes three original papers that present the urbanisation dynamics and prospects in China and South Africa and the governance challenges resulting from the new policy agenda on cities in the United Kingdom.

Published on April 19, 2012


Foreword and Acknowledgements
Reader's guide
Executive summary
Redefining urban areas in OECD countries
Urbanisation and migration trends in South Africa
Urbanisation in China today
Focusing on functionality
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