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Connecting Rhine-Main: The Production of Multi-Scalar Polycentricities through Knowledge-Intensive Business Services

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Hoyler, Michael; Freytag, Tim; Mager, Christoph

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Abstract Most of the literature on polycentric urban regions has focused on the analysis of intra-regional structures rather than external linkages, while research on the emergence of a 'world city network' has analysed external city-relations without explicitly addressing city-regional contexts. This paper aims to bring both perspectives together. Drawing on Taylor’s interlocking network model, it presents a first analysis of multi-scalar inter-city connectivities within a specific city-regional context. Central to the analysis is the question how knowledge-intensive business service firms in Rhine-Main connect this multi-nodal metropolitan region to other cities within Germany and beyond. The result is a detailed mapping of the external business service connectivities of a major European city-region.
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology; Economic and Social Geography; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Polycentricity, city-region, connectivity, knowledge-intensive, business services, Rhine-Main
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 1095-1111
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 8
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)