The Isolated City State: An Economic Geography of Urban Spatial Structure, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Isolated City State

An Economic Geography of Urban Spatial Structure, 1st Edition

By Yorgos Papageorgiou


486 pages

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Originally published in 1990, The Isolated City State asks the questions, why have the world’s major cities experienced explosive growth? Why does the socio-economic status in North America roughly increase with distance from the city centre, while the socio-economic status in South America roughly decreases? What are the reasons behind the sudden decline of some large, central cities? Will recovery if it happens be equally rapid? Generally, to understand the phenomenon, simplifications are made which make it impossible to understand other phenomena. This major study synthesises a vast amount of theorising and research to provide answers to the major questions of urban geography.

Table of Contents





1. Agglomeration

Part I: Equilibrium

2. Individual Behaviour

3. Individual Behaviour in Space

4. The Aggregation of Perfectly Rational Choices

5. States of Urban Development

6. The Case of Income Variations

7. The Case of Environmental Variations

8. Sudden Urban Growth

9. The Decline of Central Cities

Part II: Optimum

10. Public Choice

11. Simple Urban Optimum

12. Decentralisation

13. Unequal Treatment of Equals

Part III: Externalities

14. Conceptual Frameworks

15. Spatial Externalities and the City

16. Prejudice

17. Industrial Pollution

18. Spatial Public Goods


Citation Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Planning

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1970 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of urban planning, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine teaching, urban markets, planning, transport planning, poverty, politics, forecasting techniques and an examination of the inner city in Europe and the US, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, geography, planning and urbanization respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography