CPT889: Governing Places

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT889
External Subject Code K400
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader DR Brian Webb
Semester Autumn Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed


70% contribution

Governing Places Essay

2,800 words


Reflective report

Reflective Report on Seminar Discussion and Paper

1,200 words


The opportunity for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

How the module will be delivered

This module comprises a series of lectures, covering forms of governance at different spatial scales from the supranational to the neighbourhood, different models of governance including collaboration, and forms of regulation.  Lectures provide an opportunity for questions and open discussion.  In addition, seminars will enable students to undertake guided reading and engage in discussion, drawing out international similarities and differences in governance and how these affect approaches at sub-national levels.

Outline Description of Module

This module addresses the complexities of policy-making processes in the context of multi-level, co-governance arrangements. Running through the module is the systemic tension between a number of competing, equally important public policy goals, namely subsidiarity (devolved democracy) and solidarity (social equality); competition and collaboration; and managerialism and marketisation.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness and systematic understanding of the policy-making complexity of the multi-level polity, including current debates – covering theory, policy and practice – in the field of urban and regional development.
  • Evidence a conceptual understanding of the tension between subsidiarity and solidarity, competition and collaboration and managerialism and marketisation.
  • Critically evaluate the need for both vertical and horizontal policy integration.
  • Make a constructive and reflective contribution to the design and evaluation of urban and regional development policy.

Skills that will be practised and developed

The lecture and seminar discussions offer students the opportunity to develop communication skills and verbal reasoning skills. The individual seminar contribution element of the assessment will help students develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 30 Reflective Report On Seminar Discussion And Paper N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 70 Essay - Governing Places Essay N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Bristow, G (2010) Critical Reflections on Regional Competitiveness, Routledge: London

Cochrane, A. (2007) Understanding Urban Policy: A Critical Approach, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Rhodes, R. (1996) The New Governance: Governing without Government. Political Studies. 44: 652-667.

Wu, F. (2007) China’s Emerging Cities: the making of new urbanism (Routledge)

Background Reading and Resource List

Bailey, N. and Pill, M.C. (2011) The Continuing Popularity of the Neighbourhood and Neighbourhood Governance in the Transition from the ‘Big State’ to the ‘Big Society’ Paradigm. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 29(5)

Carpenter J, 2006, Addressing Europe's urban challenges: lessons from the EU URBAN Community Initiative, Urban Studies 43, pp 2145-2162

Foley, P and Martin, S (2000) A New Deal for Community?  Public Participation in Regeneration and Local Service Delivery, Policy and Politics, Volume 28(4) pp479-491

Haywood, E et al (2012) City Regions Final Report (Welsh Government) (www.wales.gov.uk)

Imrie, R. and Raco, M. (eds.) 2003. Urban Renaissance? New Labour, Community and Urban Policy. Bristol: The Policy Press

Jones, A. (2010) Here we go again: the pathology of compulsive re-organisation, Local Economy, 25(5), pp. 373 – 378

Kearns A, Parkinson M, 2001, The significance of neighbourhood, Urban Studies 38, pp 2103-2110

Lowndes, V, and Sullivan, H. (2008). How low can you go? Rationales and Challenges for Neighbourhood Governance, Public Administration, Volume 86(1) pp. 53-74

Morgan, K (2001) The New Territorial Politics: Rivalry and Justice in Post-Devolution Britain Regional Studies, 35(4), pp 343-348

Morgan, K (2002) The English Question: Regional Perspectives on a Fractured Nation Regional Studies

Morgan K (2004) Sustainable Regions: Governance, Innovation and Scale European Planning Studies, 12(6)

Morgan, K (2007) The Polycentric State: new spaces of empowerment and engagement? Regional Studies, 41(9)

Rodriguez-Pose, A, and Sandall, R. (2008) From identity to the economy: Analysing the evolution of the decentralisation discourse, Environment and Planning A, 26(1), pp. 54 – 72.

Smith, I, Lepine, E, and Taylor, M. (eds). (2007) Disadvantaged by where you live? Neighbourhood governance in contemporary urban policy, Bristol, Policy Press

Syllabus content

The module considers processes of policy development at different spatial scales from the supra-national to neighbourhood level and the role of different actors/ organisations/groups in these processes, including the private, public and third sectors. It explores the multi-level, co-governance context in which policy and practice operate.  The module also provides international comparative perspectives.

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