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Title: The UK space economy as practised by advanced producer service firms: identifying two distinctive polycentric city-regional processes in contemporary Britain
Authors: Taylor, Peter J.
Evans, David M.
Hoyler, Michael
Derudder, Ben
Pain, Kathryn
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: TAYLOR, P.J. ... et al, 2009. The UK space economy as practised by advanced producer service firms: identifying two distinctive polycentric city-regional processes in contemporary Britain. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33 (3), pp. 700-718
Abstract: Cities and city regions are back on the research agenda in the UK. Taking the world city literature as a guide, this article uses advanced producer service firms to study contemporary inter-city relations in the UK space economy. We employ an interlocking network model, initially developed for global scale analysis, to assess signs that recent globalization is effecting a revival outside the London region, and to identify leading urban areas in the UK national economy. Two different analyses are presented: a connectivity analysis, which indicates how well cities and towns are linked into the UK space economy, and a fuzzy clustering analysis, which classifies the cities and towns in order to search out hierarchical and regional tendencies. From these findings, we identify two distinctive polycentric city-regional processes in contemporary Britain: a Jacobs-style polycentric mega-city regional process out of London, which creates new important service centres and reaches selected smaller cities and towns; and a polycentric multi-city regional process beyond London, which mainly enhances the service capacities of selected larger cities. A concluding section considers the implications of the two processes for spatial planning in the UK.
Description: This article was published in the serial, The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research [© Blackwell Publishing Ltd]. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com and the article can be viewed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00857.x
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2009.00857.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6264
ISSN: 0309-1317
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