A Council of Perfection? Ideopolis Leadership Working Paper 1
Katy Morris, Laura Williams
01 September 2008
The changing economy means that the spatial dimensions of a city are constantly changing. Governance dominates debate about economic development strategies as local authorities, particularly within cities, realise the usefulness of being able to exert policy influence over the right geographical area when it comes to taking action on issues such as transport, skills and housing. This working paper reviews the links between types of governance and the economic success of cities. It demonstrates that governance structures work better when they match the functional economy, however, it acknowledges that it is difficult to design administrative boundaries that perfectly match the wider economy, therefore making partnership very important.
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