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Polycentric Development Policies in Europe: Overview and Debate

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The way the novel concept of polycentric development is used across Europe resembles a general pattern of diffusion of innovation: new ideas emerge at many different places simultaneously. However there are many different opinions about precisely what polycentric development is. What will be made clear in this paper is that the concept of polycentric development brings together two conflicting perceptions of spatial-economic development, namely cohesion and competitiveness.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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