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The dynamics of cities : ecological determinism, dualism and chaos

Author: Dimitrios S Dendrinos
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The twentieth century has seen an increase in the globe's human population from approximately 1.6 billion in 1900 to about 5 billion in 1987. Accompanying this event has been a considerable growth in the population of the world's largest cities. In The Dynamics of Cities the author addresses fundamental issues in population growth and decline and develops a macrodynamic theory of the interdependent evolution of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dimitrios S Dendrinos
ISBN: 0415077214 9780415077217
OCLC Number: 25093324
Description: xxiii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Global Interdependencies. Macrodynamics of the world's largest urban areas: order in chaos. Interdependencies and ecological determinism --
2. Nations, Cities, Industries, and Their Connectance. Instability from international exchanges. Two national economies; their internal growth and foreign trade. Unstable urban macrodynamics. Currencies and dualisms. Anatomy and evolution of some very large urban economies. Macrodynamics, stability, cycles, and relative dynamics. The mathematical formulation of relative macrodynamics --
3. The Dynamic Code of a Global Urban Hierarchy. Hyper-concentrations, hypo-concentrations, and agglomeration gradients. Aggregate development code, relative parity, and the empirical evidence. The urban sector of the world's four largest nations. A phase portrait of global hierarchical dynamics? Conclusions --
4. Epilogue: Some future scenarios. Observers of and participants in social dynamics --
App. 1: Toward an ecological determinism. Individual preferences and public policy markets. Dualisms --
App. 2: A brief review of major theories of development. Pure economic theories of development. Dependence theory. Keynesian macroeconomics, Marxism, laissez-faire, and ecological determinism. Public and private sectors: their ecological associations. Two theories from anthropology --
App. 3: Data and sources. Time series used. Data on cities and metropolitan areas from other Censuses. Some Chinese metropolitan regions and their internal structure. World population counts. Sources of data for the United States of America. Sources of data for economic indicators of the United States of Mexico.
Responsibility: Dimitrios Dendrinos.
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Drawing on recorded evidence, this book argues that simple, general and powerful macrodynamic processes guide the growth and decline of present day urban agglomerations, as well as cities of the past.

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