Mechanisms of territorial governance in post-socialist periruban areas from the perspective of local public authorities. A case study on localities from the proximity of Suceava city (Romania)
Keywords:periurban space, urban sprawl, territorial governance, post-socialist transformations, territorial actors, local actors, post-socialist city, Romania
The disappearance of the Communist regime marks the entry of Romanian cities into a new phase of urban development, characterized by the transition from socialist-type compact city,
reliant on public transportation, to unorganised, dispersed and capitalist-type city, whose spatial sprawl is dependent on the existence of market economy, the degree of motorization and individual freedom of people. At the same time, this period of urban development is marked by the transition from government to governance, within which, the local territorial actors can play the leading role in setting the development directions of their own communities. Trying to analyse the connection between two phenomena particular to postmodernity - periurbanization and governance - the present paper evaluates the way local authorities, represented by local officials (mayors or deputy mayors), perceive the territorial governance and its specific features in a periurban space of Romania.