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In search of lost centrality

Lise Bourdeau-Lepage (), Jean-Marie Huriot () and Jacky Perreur ()
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Jean-Marie Huriot: LEG - CNRS UMR 5118 - Université de Bourgogne
Jacky Perreur: LEG - CNRS UMR 5118 - Université de Bourgogne

No 2008-01, LEG - Document de travail - Economie from LEG, Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne

Abstract: The major changes of economic space organization seem to cast doubt over the concept of centrality and its applications, especially at the city, citu network and global economy scales. Urban sprawl gives rise to a diffused or multiple centrality. Economic globalization reorganizes material and immaterial flows, and redistributes economic power to the advantage of global cities. A precise analysis of the terms "center" and "centrality" and of the phenomena they refer to permits to show that the classical patterns, if they are properly adapted, remain relevant at the urban scale, but that new centrality patterns are emerging at the world scale, on a reticular basis.

Keywords: centrality; cities; networks; globalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2008-03
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