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Political Institutionalisation and Economic Specialisation in Polycentric Metropolitan Regions – The Case of the East-German ‘Saxony Triangle’

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  • Peter Franz
  • Christoph Hornych

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The rising attention of politicians as well as scientists in the EU to the large urban agglomerations as centres of economic growth is accompanied by political efforts to identify and to demarcate such agglomerations under the label ‘metropolitan regions’. This study develops a theoretical framework broaching the issue of cooperation between municipalities from the perspective of regional economics as well as political science. The framework is applied to the empirical case of the polycentric metropolitan region ‘Saxony Triangle’ in East Germany. The results show that various intervening factors prevent intense cooperation between the actors in the region. Policy implications and con- clusions for future research are discussed.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 6.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iwh:dispap:6-09

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Keywords: polycentric urban regions; metropolitan regions; saxony triangle; cooperation agglomeration; correspondence analysis;

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  1. Albrecht Kauffmann, 2012. "Delineation of City Regions Based on Commuting Interrelations: The Example of Large Cities in Germany," IWH Discussion Papers 4, Halle Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Tony Champion & Mike Coombes, 2012. "Is Pennine England becoming more Polycentric or more Centripetal? An Analysis of Commuting Flows in a Transforming Industrial Region, 1981-2001," SERC Discussion Papers 0105, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.

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