Cities are not isolated states

Paul Cheshire, Stefano Magrini, Francesca Medda and Vassilis Monastiriotis

in City matters

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301868 | DOI:
Cities are not isolated states

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This chapter explores how British cities located near each other affect one another, and evaluates the impacts of economically more successful cites on their near neighbours. The findings indicate that the responsiveness of commuting flows to differential opportunities between cities diminishes with the commuting time between them and that there is a systematic interaction between the rates of growth of European Functional Urban Regions (FURs) and that the strength of this interaction diminishes with time distance between them. The chapter also discusses some of the welfare and policy implications of the process of real economic interaction and systematic adjustment between the economies of the European Union's major cities, which are a part of larger urbanised regions.

Keywords: British cities; commuting flows; FURs; welfare; policy; economic interaction; European Union

Chapter.  8459 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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