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Conversational Cuts on research about the german metropolitan regional governance

Conversational Cuts on research about the german metropolitan regional governance

Jingxian Tang, 27 June, 2018

As a researcher from East Asia, I – in addition to my friends in the academic field of planning, have long been curious about the relatively balanced polycentric spatial structure of Germany. The equalization of life and environmental quality is a fascinating inspiration for the generally economically and socially polarized Asian cities. With a strong motivation to better understand the comprehensive characteristic of the German system (not specifically limited to the planning system) that encourages a balance between qualities of life and environment, I left Tsinghua for one year and started a solo academic exploration at the TU Dortmund. I will share the insights I have collected since last November, which also serve as a “Thought Adventure” for a young Chinese scholar in the Cooperative-Federal world.

Given the current remarkable regional policy updates in China, it did not take long for me to turn my focus to German metropolitan regional governance. After 7 months of documentation collection, regional organization survey, more than a dozen interviews on practical regional projects, and repeated framework adjustments, I think my grounded perspective could definitely reveal some systematical features in addition to existing drawbacks of governance in Germany.

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Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: New Media and Transformation of Social Life in China

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: New Media and Transformation of Social Life in China

The field of media and communication has expanded substantially in China over the last few decades. New Media and the Transformations of Social Life in China covers in detail the main aspects related to media in China, including new media technologies, social networks, media convergence, smart cities, digital media, information and communication technology (ICT), and risk society. A major strength of this book is its coverage of the role of ICT for social participation in urban policy and management areas, which include e-governance, social security, and decision support systems. The book also addresses issues such as the financial crisis, the global energy crisis, and environmental pollution. (further information)

 

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The field of media and communication has expanded substantially in China over the last few decades. New Media and the Transformations of Social Life in China covers in detail the main aspects related to media in China, including new media technologies, social networks, media convergence, smart cities, digital media, information and communication technology (ICT), and risk society. A major strength of this book is its coverage of the role of ICT for social participation in urban policy and management areas, which include e-governance, social security, and decision support systems. The book also addresses issues such as the financial crisis, the global energy crisis, and environmental pollution.

Edited by Xinxun Wu , Han Zheng and Xiaokun Wu.

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: HANDBOOK OF European Policies

Neuerscheinung/ New Publication: HANDBOOK OF European Policies

Edited by Hubert Heinelt, Institute for Political Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt and Sybille Münch, Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University, Germany

This definitive Handbook addresses the current lack of research into European policymaking and development using an interpretive perspective. Questioning areas that mainstream approaches tend to neglect, contributors target the ways in which ideas, arguments and discourses shape policies in the institutional context of the EU. (further information)

 

 

 

 

“Conversational Cuts“ on European planning systems

Conversational Cuts on European planning systems

Patricia Feiertag, 29 Feb, 2018

How are planning systems in different European countries evolving? Do they show convergent or divergent dynamics? And what do these differential dynamics mean for existing typologies or families of planning traditions?

During the 2018 Dortmund Conference (5th-6th February at TU Dortmund), a session on “European Perspectives” chaired by Prof. Karsten Zimmermann and Prof. Maros Finka took place, including contributions about:

  • the recent changes in Swiss Planning Legislation (Andreas Hengstermann, Universität Bern),
  • Macro-regions in the Baltic Sea, Danube and Alps (Jens Kurnol, BBSR),
  • new Planning approaches in the Netherlands (Dr Sebastian Dembski, University of Liverpool) and
  • Metropolitan cooperation in France (Patricia Feiertag, TU Dortmund).

The core aspect of the session’s debate was the current development of planning systems.

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