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Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling

Edited by Aura Reggiani and Peter Nijkamp

This important new book provides a valuable set of studies on spatial dynamics, emerging networks and modelling efforts. It employs interdisciplinary concepts alongside innovative trajectories to highlight recent advances in analysing and modelling the spatial economy, transport networks, industrial dynamics and regional systems. It is argued that modelling network processes at different spatial scales provides critical information for the design of plans and policies. Furthermore, a key issue in the current complex and heterogeneous landscape is the adoption and validation of new approaches, models and methodologies, which are able to grasp the emergent aspects of economic uncertainty and discontinuity, as well as overcome the current difficulties of carrying out appropriate forecasts. In exploring diverse pathways for theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis, this exciting volume offers promising and evolutionary perspectives on the modern spatial network society.
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Chapter 13: Urban Growth and Territorial Dynamics: A Spatial-Econometric Analysis of Spain

José M. Mella-Márquez and Coro Chasco-Yrigoyen


José M. Mella-Márquez and Coro Chasco-Yrigoyen 13.1 INTRODUCTION The study of territorial/regional development in Spain has by now a relatively long tradition, especially since the birth in the early 1980s of the autonomous communities (Comunidades Autónomas) or regions, referred to as NUT II.1 There have been plenty of articles and books written about Spanish regional development, and in general they can be considered as a rich economic literature. But when one looks at the regional development topic from the point of view of cities, there are only a few studies and publications are very scarce (Trullén 2002; Trullén et al. 2002; Viladecans 2002; Mayor and López 2003). This chapter tries to improve the knowledge of the Spanish urban system and boost the urban studies in a country that has experienced rapid urbanization within the last four decades. It is evident that, at the international level, this topic has received much more attention (in the European Union: EU, Cheshire 2002; in the USA, Henderson 1986, Glaeser et al. 1992; Henderson et al. 1995; Glaeser 1998, among many other good references). In fact, our intention is to test the same hypothesis as formulated by Cheshire (2002, p. 213): ‘[T]he integration of Europe favours the core regions at the expense of the peripheral ones . . . removing protection as a result of economic integration works to the relative disadvantage of backward, peripheral regions and favours advanced core regions’. Several analyses have been presented in the literature (from Clark et...

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