Addressing The Metropolitan Challenge in Barcelona Metropolitan Area. A study sharing lessons from five European metropolitan areas

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On the request of the Barcelona Metropolitana Area, the Metropolitan Research Institute (Budapest) prepared a study analysing the different models of cooperation and organisation of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zurich, including a set of political recommendations of possible application in the metropolis of Barcelona.

On the request of the Barcelona Metropolitana Area, the Metropolitan Research Institute (Budapest) prepared a study analysing the different models of cooperation and organisation of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Greater Manchester, Stuttgart and Zurich, including a set of political recommendations of possible application in the metropolis of Barcelona.

The six cases analysed in the study show different policy responses to the metropolitan challenge. The institutional approach (represented by Stuttgart, Greater Manchester, Barcelona Metropolitan Area) aims to create an organisation at metropolitan level: either a new level of government or a strong institutional setting on a fixed territorial basis with a sufficiently large range of competences. The procedural approach (represented by Zürich, Copenhagen, Amsterdam), on the other hand, attempts to forge mechanisms and rules which allow for coordinated activities within a sufficiently large metropolitan territory, not necessarily in fixed territorial constellations.

The outcomes (the study and the appendix with case studies) were presented and debated at the conference “Addressing the metropolitan challenge in Barcelona Metropolitan Area”, held in Barcelona on the 15th of June 2018.

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