Magdalena Mlek-Galewska
Influence of functional connections network on polycentric structure of Poland – simulation research

    The National Spatial Development Concept 2030 relates to the polycentric development idea to be the main mechanism of strengthening the integrity of Polish space and the diffusion of growth processes. It identifies main cities on various levels of hierarchy, and the network of functional links between them. Models of such settlement structures were examined using the simulation intervening opportunity model. The functional network influence on the attractiveness of main cities and peripheral areas was evaluated. In regard to the most invested areas the effects of integration of polycentric Polish settlement structure were proven, moreover a weak influence on peripheries was observed.

Key words: intervening opportunities model, regional structure of Poland, polycentric structure

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