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La dynamique des territoires : radiale ou réticulaire ?

Abstract : According to the dominant spatial theories, the dynamics of territories can be summed up in a centre-periphery model, therefore according to a radial logic. The importance of these theories influences many writings and public statements, statistical methods of analysis of territories as well as public policies. The center-periphery model thus benefits from a kind of exclusivity that can be better understood by proposing a metaphor, the metaphor of the wheel. Certainly, this model is necessary to describe certain spatial realities. But is it sufficient to summarize them all ? Doesn’t it run the risk of ignoring diversity in the dynamics of territories ? In public decision-making, should the integration of territories rather than their emulation be favoured ? To lead to ignoring the importance of reticularity, i.e. the networked mode of operation of territories ?
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Gérard-François Dumont. La dynamique des territoires : radiale ou réticulaire ?. Les Analyses de Population & Avenir, 2019, pp.1-23. ⟨10.3917/lap.007.0001⟩. ⟨halshs-02959916⟩



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