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Measurement and interpretation of connectivity of Chinese cities in world city network, 2010

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posted on 27.06.2013 by Ben Derudder, Peter J. Taylor, Michael Hoyler, Pengfei Ni, Xingjian Liu, Miaoxi Zhao, Wei Shen, Frank Witlox
This is an empirical paper that measures and interprets the position of Chinese cities in the world city network in 2010. Building on a specification of the world city network as an ‘interlocking network’ in which business service firms play the crucial role in network formation, information is gathered about the presence and importance of global service firms in cities. This information is converted into data to provide the ‘service value’ of a city for a firm’s provision of its corporate services in a 526 (cities) x 175 (firms) matrix. These data are then used as the input to the interlocking network model in order to measure cities’ connectivity and its predominant geographical orientation. Here we focus on the position of some key Chinese cities in this regard, and discuss and interpret results in the context of the urban dimensions of the ‘opening up’ of the Chinese economy.

Funding

Foundation item: Under the auspices of European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (No. PIOF-GA-2010-274027), Key Laboratory of Ecology and Energy-saving of Dense Habitat (Tongji University), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Citation

DERUDDER, B. ... et al, 2013. Measurement and interpretation of connectivity of Chinese cities in world city network, 2010. Chinese Geographical Science, 23 (3), pp.261-273.

Publisher

© Science Press, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, CAS and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

Notes

The final publication is available at link.springer.com.

ISSN

1002-0063

eISSN

1993-064X

Language

en

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