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Polycentricity and regional development: an analytical framework and some evidence from Italy

David Burgalassi (), Chiara Agnoletti and Leonardo Piccini

Discussion Papers from Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Abstract: This paper analyses the relationships between polycentricity and regional development, under a multi-dimensional and policy oriented conceptualization of development. We provide an analytical framework and an explorative analysis of Italian regions, by taking into account several aspects of spatial structure. We found that competitiveness is positively associated with agglomeration and negatively with polycentricity. However, larger regions show to be less inclusive, while there is a positive association between polycentricity and social cohesion. Our results allow for a discussion on regional polycentricity and its effectiveness when planning and evaluating public policies, possibly enriching the debate on regional policy assessment and implementation.

Keywords: regional development; regional urban systems; polycentric urban regions; inequalities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 R12 R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-10-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-ore and nep-ure
Note: ISSN 2039-1854
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