‘Ad Hoc’ Regionalism: Managing Growth through Spatial Planning – Learning from the American Experience

The International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD), 2006

Francois Vigier, John Driscoll and Christa Lee-Chuvala write about the lessons of the US experience in managing urban and regional growth through ‘ad hoc regionalism’. This builds on the existing powers of local government to achieve efficiencies in large-scale spatial planning. The authors believe that US experience could be helpful to policy makers in using existing structures to try to reconcile the visions outlined by the Regional Development Strategy (Northern Ireland) and the National Spatial Strategy (Republic of Ireland) in an island context. This paper was published in the The Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland. The full publication is available here.

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