Study on the Expanded Scope of the Yangtze Delta Region Based on the Function of Economic Polarized Area

  • 1. Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China;
    2. Universitaet Koeln, Germany

Received date: 2008-07-08

  Revised date: 2008-12-10

  Online published: 2009-02-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40571058; No.40671077


In the era of economic globalization, the concept of Economic Polarized Area comes into being as an effective vehicle to agglomerate the economic elements and sustain the economic lifeline of the region. Based on the region's specific development mode and construction form the concept is working in such a way that it will contribute to guide the economic development of the country and will play an important role in competing with other regions or countries in the world. Due to the high speed development of the last 30 years, the Yangtze Delta Region starts to show the features of Economic Polarized Area. But, compared with other world-class Economic Polarized Area, the economic strength and the ability of the Yangtze Delta Region to drive the country's economic development is still very low and the competitive power is still very limited. Expanding the scope of the Economic Polarized Area of the Yangtze Delta may extend the economic hinterland of the core area of the Yangtze Delta Region, and will lighten the pressures from the limited resource and the burden of environmental pollution. With regard to the reasonable scope of the Yangtze Delta Region, there are different opinions and controversial arguments in political and academic circles. Starting from the idea of increasing the competitive power and improving the economic strength of the Yangtze Delta Region, the paper firstly discusses the requirements to become a world-class Economic Polarized Area. In a second step an analysis of functional complementation and economic collaboration between the cities of an "extended" Yangtze Delta Region has been carried out by in particular considering the feasibility of integrating these "newly included" cities. The final result of the study is, that the Region should be expanded from the number of 16 cities to 37 cities, and the appended cities should be divided into two categories: Wenzhou, Jinhua, Yancheng, Huaian, Ma'anshan, Wuhu, Tongling, Chaohu, Hefei, Chuzhou, and Xuancheng should be taken as Preferred Extending Area, and Suqian, Xuzhou, Lianyungang, Lishui, Quzhou, Chizhou, Anqing, Bengbu, Huangshan, and Suzhou should be taken as Retained Qualification Area.

Cite this article

DUAN Xue-jun, YU Xiao-gan Josef Nipper . Study on the Expanded Scope of the Yangtze Delta Region Based on the Function of Economic Polarized Area[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2009 , 64(2) : 211 -220 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200902008


[1] Francois Perroux. A note on the notion of growth pole. Applied Economy, 1955 (1/2): 307 -320.

[2] Myrdal G. Economic Theory and Underdeveloped Regions. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd., 1957.

[3] Boudville J R. Problems of Regional Economic Plan. Edinburgh University Press, 1966.

[4] Estebn J M, Ray D C. On the measurement of polarization. Econometrica, 1999, 62: 819-851

[5] Hoyler M, Pain K. London and Frankfurt as world cities: Changing local-global relations. Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network, 2001.

[6] Scott A J (ed.). Global City-Regions: Trends, Theory, Policy. Oxford U P.

[7] Yao Shimou. Urban Agglomerations in China. Hefei: University of Science and Technology of China Press, 2001.
[姚士 谋. 中国城市群. 合肥: 中国科学技术大学出版社, 2001.]

[8] Zhou Yixing. Urban Geography. Beijing: The Commercial Press, 1995.
[周一星. 城市地理学.北京: 商务印书馆, 1995.]

[9] Gu Chaolin, Zhang Min. Study on the development strategy of Yangtze River Delta megalopolis. Urban Research, 2000, (1): 7-11, 62.
[顾朝林, 张敏. 长江三角洲城市连绵区发展战略研究. 城市研究, 2000, (1): 7-11, 62.]

[10] Champion T, Monnesland J. Regiona1 map of Europe. Progress in Planning, 1996, 1(46): 1-89.

[11] Brenner N. Building "Euro-regions": Locational politics and the political geography of neoliberalism in post-unification Germany. European Urban and Regional Studies, 2000, 7(4): 319-345.

[12] Beavestock J V, Hoyler M, Pain K et al. Comparing London and Frankfurt as world cities: A relational study of contemporary urban change. Anglo-German Foundation, 2001.

[13] Danielzyk R, Wood G. Innovation strategies of political regionalization: The case of North Rhine-Westphalia. European Planning Studies, 2004, 12(2): 191-207.

[14] Gualini E. Regionalization as 'experimental regionalism': The rescaling of territorial policymaking in Germany. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2004, 28(2): 329-353.

[15] Liu Zhaode, Yao Li1i, Yu Xiaogan. Study on spatial polarization of the Yangtze River Delta since the 1990s. Geography and Geo-Information Science, 2007, 23(6): 82-86.
[刘兆德, 姚丽丽, 虞孝感. 20 世纪90 年代以来长江三 角洲地区空间极化研究. 地理与地理信息科学, 2007, 23(6): 82-86, 91.]

[16] Tang Qi. Study on regional comprehensive competitiveness assessment and effects of geographical factors. Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006.
[唐琦. 区域综合竞争力的评价方法及地理 要素的作用研究. 中国科学院南京地理与湖泊研究所, 2006.]

[17] Shi Yishao, Zhang Renbiao, Zhu Hongyan. Strategic significance and countermeasure to actualize interactive development of the Yangtze River Delta city economic circle in Shanghai. Journal of Tongji University (Social Science), 2000, 11(1): 1-6, 44.
[石忆邵, 章仁彪, 朱红燕. 上海实施长江二三角洲都市经济圈联动发展的战略意义 与对策. 同济大学学报(社会科学版), 2000, 11(1): 1-6, 44.]

[18] Yu Taofang, Wu Zhiqiang. Boundary analysis of the Yangtze Delta megalopolis region. Resources and Environment in the Yangtze Basin, 2005, 14(4): 397-403.
[于涛方, 吴志强. 长江三角洲都市连绵区边界界定研究. 长江流域资源与 环境, 2005, 14(4): 397-403.]

[19] Wu Wei, Cao Youhui, Cao Weidong et al. Spatial structure and evolution of highway accessibility in the Yangtze River Delta. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2006, 61(10): 1065-1074.
[吴威, 曹有挥, 曹卫东等. 长江三角洲公路网络的可达性 空间格局及其演化. 地理学报, 2006, 61(10): 1065-1074.]

[20] Zhang Xiaoming. Characteristics of the Yangtze River Delta mega-city region. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2006, 61(10): 1025-1036.
[张晓明. 长江三角洲巨型城市区特征分析. 地理学报, 2006, 61(10): 1025-1036.]