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Pôles métropolitains: the French approach towards inter-city networking

Abstract : In France, ‘les pôles métropolitains’ (PM) is the latest central government initiative to reinforce inter-city cooperation (2010). After giving a short overview of French city-networking history, this paper investigates two ‘pôles métropolitains’ to explore the difficulties in achieving efficient inter-city cooperation. It finds that implementing such new tools for urban and economic projects requires new skills and spatial representation for planners, politicians and local administrations. This analysis gives decision-makers concrete examples of pôles métropolitains, focusing on governance issues. It can also help to stimulate progress in constructing a theoretical and critical approach for conceptualizing inter-city networking policy.
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Sophie Deraëve. Pôles métropolitains: the French approach towards inter-city networking. Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2014, pp. 43-50. ⟨hal-01123682⟩



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