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Examining the Mega-city-Region hypothesis: evidence from the Paris city-region / Bassin parisien

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Halbert, Ludovic

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Abstract Four dimensions of the concept of polycentricity (morphological, functional, relational and political polycentricity) are discussed in this paper based on the study of the Paris city-region / Bassin parisien system. The concentration of 'abstract production' workers in the Paris agglomeration and the fairly concentrated geography of firms' information flows (as measured by their phone calls) prevent the formation of an enlarged polycentric Mega-City-Region. Three explanations are proposed based on the strategies of real estate developers, information-intensive firms and policy-makers. In conclusion, I try to evaluate in the Paris city-region and French context whether a limited polycentricity at Bassin parisien level is prejudicial at different policy relevant scales.
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Economic and Social Geography; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 1147-1160
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 8
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)