A NOTE ON ATTRIBUTES DESCRIBING AND MEASURING THE POLYCENTRIC DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL – A REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Alexandra BLĂGEANU

Abstract


Even though polycentrism has gained its popularity in the late ’90, it still remains a fuzzy concept; its meaning is elusive because of the lack of a consensus regarding its definition no matter the scale of analysis. The scientific literature provides studies that approach this theme both from a normative and analytical point of view; the former case refers to polycentrism as a spatial planning vision promoted by policy documents and academic literature, while the latter addresses the concept as an analytic construct providing a way to study the spatial organizational patterns of different networks. In this paper, we propose a common classification of the attributes that define the potential of an area to become a polycentric system and of the spatial variables used to measure polycentricity.


Keywords


polycentric development, governance, identity, functionality

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