Paper Information

Journal:   HONAR-HA-YE-ZIBA   SPRING 2008 , Volume - , Number 33; Page(s) 15 To 26.
 
Paper:  DEVELOPING A COMMON VISION FOR GOVERNANCE SYSTEM OF TEHRAN METROPOLITAN REGIONS (TMR)
 
Author(s):  AHMAD AKHOUNDI A.*, BARAKPOUR NASER, ASADI I., BASIRAT M., TAHERKHANI H.A.
 
* INSTITUTE FOR NORTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Developing common vision of Tehran city-region governance system is based on study and consideration of three main factors: literature review and cross- national comparative study, study and analysis of current governance situation and recognition of main players attitudes. Main focus of the vision is accepting a regional approach to the governance of Tehran metropolitan region. TMRs governance system in the vision has the potential to represent regional benefit and interest against national and local ones. Formation of above mentioned regional sense and conscious among all players and level of government make possible to prefer long-term and strategic regional interest to short-term and reactionist decision-making. However, realization of the visions content requires main changes in different dimensions of current governance system. These changes vary from legislative to institutional, spatial, territorial, and planning and implementation systems. The original version of paper will attempt to show some aspects of these required changes. TMRs vision is ideal image that explain desired characteristics of regional governance system achieved in a 25 years period. Following paragraphs summarize some aspects of that common vision: In the horizon of TMRs vision, we find a kind of regional conscious and sense that is the result of recognition of TMR as an organic whole by all players. Through this new conception from all players in the region, long-term regional benefits preferred to short-term local ones. Consensus-building realize in or by documented and agreed common vision. This kind of regional sense ad conscious is reflected in recognition of TMR governance system as a distinct level of government. New layer of metropolitan region governance is result of local reorganization. TMR in the horizon of vision have has a regional governance system that is appropriate to capital city of Iran. This system attempts to promote coordination, cooperation and collaboration within the region. Regional governance system has a strategic regional vision, as a result of regional visioning, and by strategic planning in this level provides a decision-making framework for all players in the region. TMRs governance system, because of its territorial coverage scales, in addition to insuring inter-sectoral and inter-organizational characteristics, in inter-governmental and inter- jurisdictional in nature. TMRs governance system make possible to use economy of scale and make and implement integrated policy within the region, so can decrease political fragmentation and its consequences. Dominant values of TMRs governance system are accountability, transparency, effectiveness and legitimacy. Based on these values, the governance system can present regional interest against national and local one. TMRs governance system, by recognition of its status in national, regional and world system, attempts to provide a good economic and physical environment for inward capitals, increase competitiveness and enhances quality of life within the region. So in the horizon of vision, In the world level, TMRs characteristics are close to advanced countries metropolitan regions one. In regional level, TMR is a pioneer and ideal model for other metropolitan regions. In national level, TMR is a successful model for other metropolitan regions in the country.

 
Keyword(s): GOVERNANCE, MISSION, TEHRAN METROPOLITAN REGION (TMR), VISION
 
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