ESTIMATING THE LEVEL OF POLYCENTRICITY OF LATVIA AND PLANNING REGIONS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE MORPHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Keywords:Polycentric Development, Level of polycentricity, Rank-size Estimations.
AbstractThe aim of the article is to investigate the level of polycentricity of Latvia and planning regions by using mathematical methods, draw conclusions, and formulate proposals. The article defines the methods that can be used for estimating the level of polycentric development within the context of the morphological perspective. The following practical study has been conducted on the basis of the identified estimation methods: ranking of Latvian cities – development centres of national and regional significance – has been carried out according to the basic concepts of the Latvian spatial structure and research method, and morphological estimation of the level of polycentricity of Latvia and planning regions has been made for the period 1989–2012. The study ends with the empirical analysis and interpretation of the results obtained. Such scientific methods as logically constructive method, monographic method, and regression analysis have been employed in the article. Results of the study confirm trends towards monocentric development in five Latvian regions and country in general. The tendency towards monocentric development can be observed in all Latvian regions for the period 1989-2012.
Economics of European Union
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