BOOK REVIEW: The limits of boundaries. Why city-regions cannot be self-governing.

Jeremy Dawkins


If it really matters how a metropolitan region is governed, should it not be obvious on the ground? To take just three NewWorld examples of metropolitan-scale city councils, Calgary, Houston and Brisbane should have a different ‘look and feel’ to that of their fragmented equivalents, not to mention greater efficiency and equity stemming from their ability to manage growth across all or most of the urban region.

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Dawkins, J. E. 2009. 'The difference that planning makes in Western Australia', The ISOCARP Review, Vol 4, pp. 34-49.

Queensland. 2008. Draft South East Queensland regional plan 2009â2031. .