Territories of Collaboration: Placed-Based Governance Built From Informal Collaboration and Rural Territorial Coalitions

Authors: Maria Del Pilar Delpino Marimon*, Independent
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Political Geography, Latin America
Keywords: Informal collaboration, rural coalitions, place-based, Latin America
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Using a tri-border area in South America as a case study, this research suggests that informal collaboration through territorial coalitions could facilitate cross-border governance. There are examples around the world where zones of exception have been created to recognize the uniqueness of how a place behaves. Free trade zones, for example, are special economic zones with business and trade regulations that do not apply to the rest of the country. These differentiated regulated spaces are created to overcome barriers that hinder investment. Based on this and similar situations, how can policy-makers think about cross-border governance institutions that work for spatially peripheral and politically marginalized communities? Borderland communities can overcome marginalization through informal collaboration that can potentially lead to a rural territorial coalition. The concept of territories of collaboration implies an asymmetric approach to cross-governance structures as it proposes the establishment of an exception in cross-border policy in which the structure is built based on place-based regulation. The research suggests that given the proper conditions informal rural territorial coalitions can lead to territories of collaboration. These are 1) strong community ties, 2) existence of common problems, 3) common objectives, and 4) multi-scalar and multistakeholder networks. The research explores an alternate way in which communities can organize, ways that are oftentimes not properly recognized.

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