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Lessons Learned from Testing the Differential Urbanisation Model

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This paper summarises the usefulness of the differential urbanisation model, to characterise regional urban development in terms of a temporal sequence of stages from urbanisation through polarisation reversal to counter–urbanisation, as revealed in nine empirical tests (Britain, Estonia, Finland, Western Germany, India, Italy, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey). First, results of the testing are summarised. Based on the results of these nine empirical tests, we attempt to answer the question ‘Did the differential urbanisation model fit reality?’ Also discussed are modifications to the model suggested during the course of empirical testing. Then directions for future testing and improvements to the model are suggested.

Keywords: Differential urbanisation model; empirical testing; temporal characterisation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Utah, USA 2: Potchefstroom University, Republic of South Africa

Publication date: February 1, 2003


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