There's thread about countries dominated by one city, so how about those where population is spread most evenly. Do you think polycentricity is better than centralization for a country or not?
I would say that China is almost like if Europe were a country but double the population (excluding the political differences in Europe).The introduction of Special Economic Zones since the 1980s have led to the development of several distinct regional economies within the People's Republic of China, such as the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta, and the Bohai Circle. Several of these regions have economies the size of developed nations. Some scholars who use the term United States of China argue that during the process of Chinese economic reform the People's Republic has evolved into a de-facto federal state in which these economic regions have wide discretion to implement policy goals which are set by the PRC central government and in which provinces and localities actively compete with each other in order to advance economically.
Hard to say better or worse, but i find most centralized countries to be boring. The dominating city is certainly very impressive, what about the rest of the country?Do you think polycentricity is better than centralization for a country or not?
China, India comes close as the second.
GDP wise: Shanghai= 3.08% of China
Mumbai = 5% of India
Population wise: Shanghai = 1.72% of China
Mumbai = 1.5% of India
Like someone here says, you can't compare regions with countries.Take certain Indian states:
Karnataka ( 61 million population )- Bangalore dominates
Tamil Nadu ( 65 million population ) - Chennai dominates
West Bengal ( 85 mil population ) - Kolkata dominates
Maharashtra ( 112 mil population )- Mumbai dominates .. Pune is also important but its far relatively smaller than Mumbai
But Hyderabad constitutes high % of Andhra Pradesh GDPAustralia?
GDP wise, Sydney is almost 25% of the country.
Like someone here says, you can't compare regions with countries.
Weird comment. Guangdong is the worst example of a centralized state.But Hyderabad constitutes high % of Andhra Pradesh GDP
Chennai, Bangalore, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Kolkata, Tianjin, Changchun, Lhasa, Urumqi etc also constitute high % of GDP of their respective state/province
To me the way to determine this is to count the number of "global/important cities" in each country, then divide by population number of entire country . Then, u get the number of important cities per 1 million/10 million population.
Australia is extremely decentralized with 5 major cities each in a different part of the continent, very similar to Canada.
I'm not sure about that. In large but sparsely populated countries like Australia and Canada, people and business tend to be concentrated in a relatively small number of large cities.Obviously the larger the amount of land that a country has the more chance it will be decentralized.
In Switzerland, a heavy portion is concentrated in Zürich. Zürlich is double as big as the next metropolitan area, Geneva. If Zürich would also be the capital of Switzerland, it would resemble cities like London or Tokyo, that are dominant in their country but still challenged by rather powerful second cities.Germany is perhaps the most functionally decentralized large country, probably even more so than the U.S. Among smaller countries, the Netherlands and Switzerland are quite polycentric.
I wouldn't call Canada extremely decentralized. Toronto seems to have emerged as Canada's undisputed global city and largest metro area.
I'm not sure about that. In large but sparsely populated countries like Australia and Canada, people and business tend to be concentrated in a relatively small number of large cities.