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Political economy of city sizes and formation

Henderson, Vernon and Becker, Randy (2000) Political economy of city sizes and formation. Journal of Urban Economics, 48 (3). pp. 453-484. ISSN 0094-1190

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Identification Number: 10.1006/juec.2000.2176


There are two paradigms of city formation and size—the competitive model of large-scale land developers operating in national land markets and the self-organization model of agglomeration. This paper examines the effects of local politics, urban classes, and restrictions in national land markets on city size and formation. It starts by introducing local politics into the two paradigms. Then it turns to a growth situation, where land developers initiate new settlements, but existing cities are either self-organized or governed locally. The paper also examines the politics of local no-growth movements and of governance of specially favored mega-cities.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Academic Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 09:06
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:49

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