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Pianificazione strategica tra sviluppo locale e policentrismo: alcune evidenze empiriche sul caso siciliano


  • Giuseppe Di Giacomo
  • Fabio Mazzola


Strategic planning, local development and policentrism: empirical evidence for Sicily The aim of this paper is the analysis of metropolitan strategic planning in Sicily. Urban areas are becoming important units for territorial cohesion policy and strategic planning represents more and more an important policy instrument. Evidence of a policentric pattern is tested across 30 strategic plans carried out by Sicilian cities in order to derive useful insights for policy implications. Methods and Results This study uses multidimensional scaling and rank-size regressions across Sicilian Functional Urban Areas (FUA) as well as descriptive information drawn from strategic plans in order to identify the main characteristics of these instruments and to provide evidence on their capacity to innovate traditional local development policies. Conclusions The empirical results show a strong evidence in favour of hierarchical patterns across urban areas which are adopting a strategic plan while polycentric forces appear to be very limited. JEL: R11, R12, R58 Keywords: strategic planning, local development, functional urban areas, rank-size Parole chiave: piani strategici, sviluppo locale, area urbana funzionale, regola, rango, dimensione

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  • Giuseppe Di Giacomo & Fabio Mazzola, 2009. "Pianificazione strategica tra sviluppo locale e policentrismo: alcune evidenze empiriche sul caso siciliano," RIVISTA DI ECONOMIA E STATISTICA DEL TERRITORIO, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2009(2), pages 64-108.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:restre:v:html10.3280/rest2009-002003

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    1. Marco Salatino, 2006. "La correlazione tra forma urbana e mobilità nei paesi dell'EU: un'analisi statistica," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2006(3).
    2. Chiara Travisi & Roberto Camagni, 2006. "L'insostenibilità dello sprawl urbano: un'analisi dell'impatto della mobilità in Italia," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2006(3).
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    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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