Powerful collaboration on a regional level
The interrelation between core cities and their periphery has triggered renewed attention to the needs of regions. The question of how regional collaboration can be made more successful has become incraesingly important. The PhD study 'The Power to Collaborate' by Nadav Haran, explores this question. It analyses collaborative practices in three urban regions in The Netherlands, including BrabantStad, Arnhem-Nijmegen and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Haran shows that synergetic potentials of regions are better deteceted and exploited when regions collaborate strategically.
How can regional collaboration be made successful?
The shift towards regional competitiveness has raised new demands on the governance of regional development and the capacity to coordinate spatial economic investments. Nadav Haran's study shows the conditions that support and encourage successful collaborative practices in competing regions. It illustrates that power has a crucial impact on regional collaborative processes. In addition, it demonstrates the decisive role of central government and central cities in promoting coherent strategic development.
In his research, Haran compares three Regional Collaborative
Associations (RCAs) - both voluntary and compulsory - in The
This research has benefitted from the financial support provided by Habiforum and the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), University of Amsterdam.
The comparision between the three Regional Collaborative Associations shows that the level of official internal hierarchy and the scope and intensity of stakeholders' involvement does not determine the quality of the collaboration and is strategic capacity. However, Haran finds that power and authority can be seen as vital for collective action and regional strategic capacity in both voluntary and compulsory collaborations.
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Nadav Haran (PhD Researcher, University of Amsterdam), tel. +31(0)20 525 4186
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