First published in 1999, the main feature of this book is its multidisciplinary nature, since the book focuses on the complexity of spatial/ economic networks from several methodological points of view. For this purpose both theoretical and empirical works have been included. The aim of the book is to provide an updated and fresh look at the mentioned issue with innovative and creative papers coming from leading experts belonging to different disciplines. Therefore the book could be considered as an expert and critical guide - through different methodological approaches - to the topic of (complex) networks in the space-economy. All the contributions provide innovative and in some cases provocative elements to the understanding of networks and development over space.
Part A. Conceptual Frameworks: New Developments. 1. Information Needs for an Effective Economic Analysis of Networks and Economic Development. Kenneth Button. 2. Future European Transport Systems and Sustainable Spatial Development. Peter Nijkamp. 3. Self-Organizing Urban Economies. David F. Batten. Part B. Theoretical Analyses of Networks. 4. Imbalances on Return Markets in Transport Networks: A Note on Price Setting. Piet Rietveld. 5. Accommodation and Preemption in Network Evolution. Roberto Roson. 6. Proximity and Circulation in Production Networks. Antje Burmeister. 7. Barriers to Communication in Developing Knowledge Capacity in Urban Systems. Maria Giaoutzi and Anastasia Stratigea. 8. Some Hypotheses about a General Networks Morphogenesis Process. Jean-Marc Offner and Pierre Zembri. Part C. Infrastructure Networks: Some Case Studies in Europe. 9. Relocation of a Railway Container Terminal in an Urban Setting Emphasizing Logistics and Transport. Bo Terje Kalsaas and Piet Rietveld. 10. The Dutch Railway System: What is Wrong with it and Why: Infrastructure Networks from the Systems Perspective. Dirk-Jan F. Kamann and Eva H. Karásek. 11. Telecommunication and Territorial Innovation: the Experience of the Metropolitan Area Network and High Technology Network in Tuscany. Cristina Capineri and Patrizia Romei. Part D. Empirical Analyses of Networks. 12. The Measurement of Inequality in the Access to Hospital Networks. Daniele Fabbri. 13. The TransEuropean Air Transport Network: an Analysis of the Quality of Services and Spatial Performances. Milan Janic. 14. Telecommunication Usage and Socioeconomic Environment: Theoretical and Empirical Issues from the Italian Case. Domenico Campisi and Carlo Tesauro. 15. Neurocomputing and Spatial Interaction Models for the Analysis of European Freight Transport Flows. Aura Reggiani, Peter Nijkamp and Lucia Nobilio.
’This book offers a stimulating examination of the way spatial economic systems develop and how networking considerations form an important part of this process. It provides a major contribution for those interested in the interface between economics and regional science.’ Professor Kenneth Button, George Mason University, USA ’...a work preceded by extensive research by the authors, amongst whom we can find many well-known names in the domains of Geography and Spatial Economy...’ Geo CrÃtica ’There is an appreciable logic to the structure of the contents, successively focusing on concepts (A), theoretical analysis (B), and empirical research and analysis (C & D). THese last two sections prove the versatility and great possibilities arising from the application of these studies...’ Geographicalia