City-systems in Advanced Economies: Past Growth, Present Processes and Future Development Options, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

City-systems in Advanced Economies

Past Growth, Present Processes and Future Development Options, 1st Edition

By Allan Pred


254 pages

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Originally published in 1977. This book provides answers to two fundamental and interrelated questions about the modern city. First, what are the processes underlying the past and present growth of ‘post-industrial’ metropolitan complexes and the economically advanced city-systems to which they belong? Second, what are the implications of on-going growth for efforts to reduce interregional inequalities of employment opportunity? The first section of the book introduces the basic concepts such as the properties of systems of cities. It then provides an analysis of their growth in advanced economies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and looks to further possibilities.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Problems and Basic Concepts 2. Past Growth: Information Circulation and Channels of Interdependence 3. Present Processes of Change: Multilocational Organizations and the Interurban Transmission of Growth 4. Future Development Options: Office Activities, Services and the Quality of Life

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban and Regional Economics

Reissuing works originally published between 1952 and 1991, this collection presents a wide-ranging set of excellent texts across economics, geography, urban studies, planning, politics and industrial studies. Addressing problems and policy, development and demographics, these books together form a wealth of research and debate. Some volumes address specific areas such as industrialization, housing, property, city-systems, de-centralization, employment or rural resources. Other volumes present case studies in Australia, Britain, underdeveloped countries, South Africa and the USA while some are fully international in representation. Given the recent economic shifts around the world, this timely collection is an incredibly useful resource.

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