“Adjacent Governance” originated from the adjacent area of Zhejiang and Shanghai and provides a reference for regional cooperative governance. This model keeps the administrative division and administrative system unchanged,while the adjacent areas are deeply connected in regional cooperative governance. It is developed on the basis of rationalized party organization,government cooperation,industrial development,and community governance. Main industries are key elements in promoting regional cooperation and public governance,the essence of which is the process of “rationalization of local issues” and “publicity of civic issues”. “Adjacent Governance” is underpinned by adequate interregional linkages,interaction between administration and autonomy,cooperation at the industrial level,and the embedding of farm livelihoods and public governance. Despite its limitations,“Adjacent Governance” provides practical theoretical value for regional cooperative governance in terms of sources of motivation,articulation mechanisms and forms of realization.