Analysis of polycentricity of the South-East Region of Romania

Sorin Daniel Manole, Antonio Valentin Tache

Rezumat/Abstract. Although its content is not clear enough, "polycentricity" has become, since the 1990s, an important concept that was at the core of discussions on territorial and economic development of Europe. This paper includes the presentation of a methodology for estimating the polycentricity degree of regions. Thus, first the functional urban areas must be identified; these are the basic elements in the analysis of polycentricity. Next, the three dimensions of polycentricity are assessed, i.e. size, location and connectivity, based on indicators. By aggregating the size index, location index and connectivity index, the polycentricity index is obtained. Finally, the methodology presented is used to assess the polycentricity of South-East Region of Romania. A comparison of the four indices of the South-East Region with the corresponding indices of ESPON Space shows significant differences favoring either of them.

Cuvinte cheie/Key words: spatial development, regional policies, balanced development, GIS, geo-spatial methods

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