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Connecting cities, revitalizing regions: the centrality of cities to regional development


  • Jennifer Clark
  • John Harrison
  • Ernest Miguelez


This editorial and accompanying themed issue reflect on the centrality of cities to regional development. Focusing on the role and function of cities in processes of innovation, production, distribution and consumption as both individual sites and networks of sites of production, the papers examine classic questions in economic geography about concentration, diffusion, and flows of labour and capital and the policy regimes that govern that movement. They also contribute empirically and theoretically to opening up broader conversations from a global perspective regarding how cities serve as nodes in global networks both anchoring and ultimately locating global and regional flows of capital and labour. Finally, they identify what is at stake in debates over cities and regional development.

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  • Jennifer Clark & John Harrison & Ernest Miguelez, 2018. "Connecting cities, revitalizing regions: the centrality of cities to regional development," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(8), pages 1025-1028, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:52:y:2018:i:8:p:1025-1028
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2018.1453691

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    1. Roberta Capello & Andrea Caragliu, 0. "Merging macroeconomic and territorial determinants of regional growth: the MASST4 model," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 0, pages 1-38.
    2. Chiara Garau & Giulia Desogus & Mauro Coni, 2019. "Fostering and Planning a Smart Governance Strategy for Evaluating the Urban Polarities of the Sardinian Island (Italy)," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(18), pages 1-24, September.

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