Polycentric Mega-city Regions: Exploratory Research from Western Europe

by Peter J. Taylor and Kathy Pain. Loughborough University, UK.

This study was written for the 2007 Healdsburg Research Seminar on Megaregions.  It focuses on polycentric mega-city regions in Western European as measured by the following principles: (1) evidential emphasis, ideas are backed up by customized data and analysis; (2) relational emphasis, cities are to be understood through connections with other cities; and (3) process emphasis, this means identifying agents: who is doing the connecting and why?

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