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Former Soviet cities in globalization: an intraregional perspective on interurban relations through networks of global service firms
Department of Regional Geography of Europe, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig,Germany.
Dept. of Regional Policy and Political Geography, Institute of Earth Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2018 (English)In: Eurasian geography and economics, ISSN 1538-7216, E-ISSN 1938-2863, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 98-125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an empirical study of the globalizing urbanlandscape in the post-Soviet region. In order to understand theposition of cities in relation to each other in the context ofeconomic globalization, the study considers the transnationalcity network in the post-Soviet region. At the center of analysis are the locational strategies of global service firms operating in the former Soviet cities. We adapt the interlocking network model proposed by the Globalization and World Cities research(GaWC) network to the regional level to uncover the interurban relations. Unlike the classical studies of the GaWC, this study focuses on the analysis of intraregional spatial patterns of glo-balization. The research shows that the globalizing regional city system is in the midst of substantial restructuring and that the state of former Soviet Union (FSU) cities in relation to Moscow is altering. The integration of FSU cities into the global economy mostly occurs through capital cities. However, under the current political and economic circumstances, the position of each capital city within the region has become diversified. The analysis indicates that the globalization of cities within a particular region reproduces similar processes on a world scale, which are characterized by spatial concentration and hierarchical relations. However, our research has shown that patterns of urban globalization at the regional level significantly depend on the historical context and national economic and political tendencies,thus creating conditions for the penetration of the world economy into cities.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 59, no 1, p. 98-125
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-215700DOI: 10.1080/15387216.2018.1506995ISI: 000451526000006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052293103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-215700DiVA, id: diva2:1807296
Available from: 2023-10-25 Created: 2023-10-25 Last updated: 2023-10-26Bibliographically approved

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