(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Population distribution and urban growth in Southern Italy, 1871–2011 : emergent polycentrism or path-dependent monocentricity?

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SALVATI L. (1) ;
(1) Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Rome, ITALIE


This article analyses the population distribution and urban growth in Southern Italy between 1871and 2011. While urban growth in the years preceding the 1980s reinforced the polarization in rich and poor areas along the urban-to-rural gradient, since the early 1990s both urban and rural areas showed population dynamics that consolidated low-density settlements scattered around the largest cities. This path, however, does not reflect the evolution towards a more spatially balanced urban development, as observed in other European regions. Causes and consequences of the persistence of a fragmented urban hierarchy with dense settlements and sprawl concentrated around the main cities are finally discussed


Article of periodic

published at : Urban geography / ISSN 0272-3638

Editor : Winston, Silver Spring, MD - ETATS-UNIS (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no3 [pp. 440-453]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 8 fig., 4 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/02723638.2014.881017

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