Toward a More Useful Way of Understanding Regional Governance

Toward a more useful way of understanding regional governance, by Bill Barnes and Katherine Foster. (Paper presented at the European Urban Research Association, Vienna, Austria, September 2012).

The paper proposes a framework to clarify and specify regional governance for scholars and practitioners. Using capacity and purpose rather than forms of governance or government as a foundation, the framework identifies five dimensions—actor group, agenda, internal capacity, external capacity, and implementation experience—that together describe regional governance for a time, place, and policy goal. Each dimension is described with indicators and contributing factors as well as implications of the framework.