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Title: Introduction: German cities in the world city network
Authors: Thierstein, Alain
Luthi, Stefan
Hoyler, Michael
Keywords: Germany
Knowledge economy
Relational economic geography
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Springer-Verlag
Citation: THIERSTEIN, A., LUTHI, S. and HOYLER, M., 2011. Introduction: German cities in the world city network. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 69 (3), pp. 141-146.
Abstract: This introduction to the special issue “German cities in the world city network” provides an overview of the current status of research on urban systems in the knowledge economy, with a particular focus on the German urban system. The first part identifies the knowledge economy, particularly the requirements for geographical and relational proximity along the value chain, as a key driver of contemporary urban development. The second part clarifies the concept of polycentricity, distinguishing between its political and analytical roots, while considering its application on different spatial scales. Based on this discussion, the third part emphasizes the importance of relational thinking in analyzing polycentric urban systems and functional urban hierarchies. This is followed by an outline of the specific contribution of each paper to our understanding of the relational geographies of the German urban space-economy.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the journal, Raumforschung und Raumordnung [© Springer-Verlag]. The final publication is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13147-011-0098-y
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s13147-011-0098-y
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8525
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13147-011-0098-y
ISSN: 1869-4179
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