Show simple item record Nicol, Lorraine A. Nicol, Christopher J. 2019-12-19T18:15:49Z 2019-12-19T18:15:49Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Nicol, L. A., & Nicol, C. J. (2015). Birfurcation of a rural-urban regional partnership: A study of hidden dynamics. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 10(4), 107-124. en_US
dc.description Open access article en_US
dc.description.abstract Region-based solutions present a promising avenue to addressing contemporary challenges facing municipalities. But regional formations require the messy reworking of networks of power among multiple stakeholders, often leading to power struggles. Challenges can be compounded when a rural-urban dimension is added to such an undertaking. This study examined the hidden power dynamics of a case involving 18 rural and urban municipalities in the Calgary region of Alberta called the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP). In 2005 these municipalities voluntarily embarked on a major city-region initiative involving land-use planning and water sharing. However, by 2009 four rural municipalities had left the CRP, bifurcating the partnership along rural and urban lines. The dynamics of this case were traced through time and viewed through the lens of Foucault’s concepts of discourse and mechanisms of exclusion as well as Hajer’s concepts of metaphors, story-lines and discourse coalitions. The study demonstrates how mechanisms of exclusion led to the creation of dominant discourses, the formation of coalitions around counter-discourses, and the eventual disintegration of the rural-urban dimension of the partnership. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Rural Development Institute, Brandon University en_US
dc.subject Water en_US
dc.subject Regionalism en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.subject Hajer en_US
dc.subject Discourse en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Calgary Regional Partnership
dc.subject Water sharing
dc.subject Rural-urban
dc.subject.lcsh Rural-urban relations--Alberta--Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Water supply--Alberta
dc.subject.lcsh Land use--Planning--Alberta
dc.title Bifurcation of a rural-urban regional partnership: a study of hidden dynamics en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Economics en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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