|Delta governance: The DNA of a specific kind of urbanization|
Boelens, L. (2014). Delta governance: The DNA of a specific kind of urbanization. Built Environ. 40(2): 169-183
In: Built Environment. Alexandrine Press: Oxford. ISSN 0263-7960; e-ISSN 0308-1508
Topographic features > Landforms > Coastal landforms > Deltas
Urbanization is the result of the way leading actors, volatile factors, and historic and dynamic institutional settings interact. However, major differences occur between what we might call Capital and Delta metropolitan areas. This paper compares the governance of two of these Metropolitan Delta Areas: the Euro Delta of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt and the Pearl River Delta of the Xi–Bei–Dong – partly historically but also with respect to recent developments within governments, businesses and civil society. Although they differ greatly in terms of context and historical path dependencies, similarities are also evident. One might even speak of a governance family or DNA of collaboration and assemblies within deltas; that is simultaneous internal cooperation and competition. While these specific features evolve further in present shifts of glocalization and financial, economic and political crises, not only is more research needed into these realms of governance, but also a new approach by politicians and planners in delta areas.