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The Baltic Sea Region City System: The Position of Warsaw
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Spatial Planning.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to contemporary globalisation processes cities become major concentrations of power, both political and economical. Those best developed become leading actors in the global economy and constitute the highest level of the global urban system. This thesis concentrates on a lower level of the urban system, less oriented towards the global economy. The cities considered in this study are still of large importance, but in the European macro-regional scale. However, first they are placed in the broader context of global system of cities. The thesis focuses on the Baltic Sea Region and its highest level of urban system. A comparative analysis was conducted, comparing the major cities of this macro-region (its EU part) – the capital cities and Hamburg, with a particular focus on Warsaw. To determine the cities’ positions in the urban system their performances of metropolitan functions such as: knowledge, decision-making, gateway and culture are examined. The aim of the study is to determine the position of Warsaw within the macro-regional city system. As a result a hierarchy of cities for the macro-region was created. The leading positions in the system were assigned to Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm, but Warsaw follows them on the fourth place, overcoming Hamburg, Helsinki and the Baltic States’ capitals. As conclusions appointed are the directions for how Warsaw could improve its position, and the potentials and limitations for achieving it.

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2014. , 93 p.
Keyword [en]
city system, hierarchy of cities, metropolitan functions, Baltic Sea Region, Warsaw
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4333Local ID: diva2:831666
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2014-10-27 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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