256 pages, colour figures & maps, boxes, tables, index
A new 21st century urban phenomenon is emerging: the networked polycentric mega-city region. Developed around one or more cities of global status, it is characterized by a cluster of cities and towns, physically separate but intensively networked in a complex spatial division of labor.
This book describes and analyzes eight such regions in North West Europe - South East England, the Bassin Parisien, central Belgium, the Dutch Randstad, Rhine-Ruhr, Rhine-Main, northern Switzerland and Greater Dublin; the authors integrate contributions from experts in these regions into a seamless text. For the first time, this work shows how businesses interrelate and communicate in geographical space - within each region, between them, and with the wider world. This groundbreaking study also discusses policy ramifications and outcomes for infrastructure, transport systems and regulation.
'Large polycentric city-regions pose perplexing problems to social scientists and policy-makers. Not only do they represent complex socio-economic systems in their own right, but they also increasingly function as the main locational anchors of wider globalization processes. This book provides a masterful analysis of these issues, with a particular focus on the emergence, dynamics, and planning of polycentric city-regions in contemporary Europe' Allen Scott of University of California, and author of Global City-Regions.
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