Geographia Polonica (2002) vol. 75, iss. 2

Urban networking: trends and perspectives in the Baltic Sea Region

Harry Schulman, Vesa Kanninen

Geographia Polonica (2002) vol. 75, iss. 2, pp. 11-23 | Full text

In this article, urban networking has been defined as networking within an urban region as well as between such regions. The networking paradigm, arising from shifts in the conceptualization of space, is seen to reflect changes of importance between the levels of governance-of the city, the region, the nation, and the international community. Globalization and regionalization trends have resulted in patterns of urban action contributing to the presented generalized profiles of networking-oriented qualities. The organizing capacity of the urban region is recognized as the crucial success factor, and urban and regional policies are seen as key tools for successful networking.

Keywords: networking, urban policies, regionalization, interationalization, urban governance, organizing capacity

Harry Schulman, City of Helsinki Urban Facts, PO. Box 5500, 00099 City of Helsinki, Finland
Vesa Kanninen, Proville Urban Research Consultancy, Murtopakantie 18, 01730 Vantaa, Finland