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Evolution of urban hierarchies under globalisation in Western and Eastern Europe

Zdanowska, N; Rozenblat, C; Pumain, D; (2020) Evolution of urban hierarchies under globalisation in Western and Eastern Europe. Regional Statistics , 10 (2) 10.15196/RS100202. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

European cities may be regarded as having formed a system of well-interconnected entities over many centuries. The peculiarities of their hierarchical functional organization and territorial patterns have been extensively analysed. This study details a few contributions from the science of complex systems meant to formalize this knowledge. This includes a representation of the metropolisation process occurring within a system of cities with the help of scaling laws and network analysis. We define the metropolisation process – not at the local level of one metropolitan area but at a macro-geographical level – as the ability of larger cities to capture the activities related to innovation waves and to be the first to benefit from these in terms of population growth. A series of urban attributes are used to quantify, through exponents of scaling laws the differentiated behaviour of urban hierarchies when opening up to the global networks that characterize the most recent wave of innovation. Network analysis provides another type of formalism that helps us construct a better understanding of how globalization processes, especially the spread of multinational firms, have diffused in the Eastern part of the European urban system.

Type: Article
Title: Evolution of urban hierarchies under globalisation in Western and Eastern Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15196/RS100202
Publisher version: http://www.ksh.hu/docs/hun/xftp/terstat/2020/rs_zd...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: system of cities, urban hierarchy, metropolisation, scaling law, firm network, Europe
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093905
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