Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971973 | Print ISBN: 9781412914321 | Online ISBN: 9781412971973| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kathryn A. Foster
Regional governance comprises a system of structures, institutions, and processes through which groups organize and act to pursue purposes at the regional scale. Broader than regional government, with which it is sometimes confused, regional governance involves actions by formal units of government, such as municipalities, counties, states, and provinces, and by private entities (e.g., individuals, firms, business associations) and third-sector groups (e.g., nongovernmental organizations, civic groups, labor, faith-based associations). Often, this occurs through partnerships or associations with one another. As a focus of urban study, regional governance has garnered special attention during several eras of metropolitan change in the twentieth century and is currently a subject of active interest and commentary in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Because region refers to a wide range of territories, the scale of regional governance varies. The label region may denote a small group of communities (e.g., East Bay towns), a The ...