Edited by Craig C. Julian, Zafar U. Ahmed and Junqian Xu
Chapter 11: Economic globalization and regional economic integration in China
Globalization, technological advances and strong market competition are increasingly driving cities to seek new ways to compete and to cooperate with their partners. Over recent decades cities have begun to relocate and plan in order to maintain or improve competitiveness (Chen, 2008; Friedman, 1972; Griffith, 1979; Rao, 1999). The most obvious characteristic of regional integration is re-combinations and configurations by way of a market economy (Feng, 2005; Gottman, 1975; Rykiel, 1984). Therefore, there is an urgent need to break local administrative barriers and form a unified market, which can make local cities allocate their resources more efficiently in a larger space, also including more collaboration and division of labor. The economic link and cooperation will also be closer among the economic entities. So we know that the city boundary is no longer limited by a sense of geographical space (Haggett, 1965; Pred, 1975), there is a new phenomenon that is referred to as a radiation boundary of city economic zones (Li et al., 2006; Yu, 2003; Zhou, 1995). In the context of economic globalization and regional economic integration, the emergence of urban economic regions suggests an advanced stage of urbanization is coming (Miao and Wang, 2006). The radiation effect and concentration effect of the central city makes their adjacent regions lose their independence gradually, being attached to the core city. In this process, the integration of urban and district areas helps form the complete urban area.
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