Socio-Economic Systems, Urban Growth and Settlement Patterns (The Case of Turkey)

  • Ruşen Keleş
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 3)


Villages, local communities, neighbourhoods, towns, cities and metropolises are all territorial entities that possess the characteristics of highly complex socio-economic systems. Their spatially defined boundaries do not necessarily delimit the operational range of other systems, whose people, goods, messages and decisions move back and forth over much larger areas (B.Gross, 1966:74). The aim of this paper is not to deal with these territorial entities in all their relationships, but rather to see the main approaches of the principal economic systems to the problems of spatial systems, urbanization and environment. This subject was not studied much until recently. This lack of information was mainly due to the scarcity of studies on urbanization and settlement patterns in countries with different economic and social structures, political regimes as well as economic and social development policies. Particularly in the socialist countries and in the countries of the Third World, the phenomena of city and urban growth have been subject to only a limited number of scholarly studies.


Urban Land Urban Growth Settlement Pattern World Country Socialist Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruşen Keleş
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  1. 1.Ankara UniversityTurkey

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