The Region as an Evolutive System

  • G. Preto
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


It may seem strange that, after four decades of existence of the Regional Science Association, the concept of the region is still a subject of discussion. Many things have changed however, some of them radically, since the first Isardian definitions. Whereas it seems increasingly unsatisfactory to make a merely generic use of the term ‘region’, synonymous with territory, it nevertheless appears impossible to single out a precise geographic entity that can be rigorously defined as such. In the context of socio-economic relations that have reached a global scale, and now that local entities (and their relation space) are considered simply as ‘nodes’ of a global network, it is even being questioned whether the region has any strategic significance at all.


Global Network Final Good Local Labour Market Global Relation Central Place Theory 
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