The theory of polynuclear urban regions and its application to central Scotland

Turok, I. and Bailey, N. (2004) The theory of polynuclear urban regions and its application to central Scotland. European Planning Studies, 12(3), pp. 371-389. (doi:10.1080/0965431042000195029)

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The idea of strategic planning for networks of cities and towns, encapsulated in the polynuclear urban region concept, has attracted growing interest in many European regions. Key themes include cooperation between neighbouring cities and coordination between functional policies. This article explores the theoretical benefits, including increased economies of scale and improvements in the strength and quality of internal interactions. It also applies these arguments to Central Scotland. As the largest concentration of economic activity in Scotland, with a high level of organizational fragmentation but growing cross boundary issues and coincident growth pressures and deficiencies, there are potential gains from a common strategic perspective. These include improved communications for inter-firm collaboration and trade, more efficient labour and housing market interactions, and an institutional framework for planning and marketing important regional assets. Closer cooperation within a regional perspective could help the Central Belt to function better as an economic unit and facilitate its ongoing development.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Turok, Professor Ivan and Bailey, Professor Nick
Authors: Turok, I., and Bailey, N.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:European Planning Studies

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