SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 285-293.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2019.02.013

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The Evolution Mode and Mechanism of Urban Network from the Perspective of Producer Services Industry: A Case of the Yangtze River Delta

Cong Wang1(), Youhui Cao2   

  1. 1. Nanjing Academy of Social Sciences, Nanjing 210018, Jiangsu, China
    2. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, China
  • Received:2018-01-22 Revised:2018-04-12 Online:2019-02-10 Published:2019-02-10
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (41771184).


This article makes a theoretical exploration on the formation and evolution mechanism of urban network based on producer services from the perspective of the recognition mechanism of urban network and the behavior mechanism of enterprise layout, specifically, including industry attributes, the internal factors of the enterprise and the urban environment. On the basis of the theory of regional development and industrial evolution, considering the process of enterprise spatial expansion, taking into account the geography-based administrative hierarchical system and the impact of producer services on urban network, the paper summarizes the general evolution model of the general evolution model of the initial agglomeration -unbalanced diffusion - hierarchical network - mature network of urban network based on producer service. At different stages, industrial space combinations, urban functional organization and urban hierarchy characteristics are constantly changing. The empirical study shows that the Yangtze River Delta urban network is in the transition period of unbalanced diffusion to the hierarchical network stage, showing that the obvious hierarchical characteristics, increasing horizontal linkages, contact direction showing the multiple trend, and the reduced service function contact gap. Its dynamic mechanism includes the convenience of contact, the foundation of manufacturing development, the support of innovation elements, and the promotion of city level. Under the combined action of these factors, the urban network structure of the Yangtze River Delta is becoming more and more perfect, and the horizontal link between the cities is increasing. The driving force of the formation and evolution of the urban network based on the productive service industry is not only derived from the location choice, the power distribution, the organizational structure of the enterprise, but also influenced by the government regulation. The future trend of the development of the network, whether there is a reasonable trend, and how does the government play a "positive intervention" role need to be further studied.

Key words: the Yangtze River Delta region, producer services industry, urban network

CLC Number: 

  • F129.9