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Core-Periphery Model

  • Andrzej KlimczukEmail author
  • Magdalena Klimczuk-KochańskaEmail author
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Definition and Introduction

Core-periphery imbalances and regional disparities figure prominently on the agenda of several disciplines, which result from their enormous impact on economic and social development around the world. In sociology, international relations, and economics, this concept is crucial in explanations of economic exchange. There are few countries that play a dominant role in world trade (sometimes described as the “Global North”), while most countries have a secondary or even a tertiary position in world trade (the “Global South”). Moreover, when we are discussing global, continental, regional, and national economies, we can present regions and even smaller territorial units (such as subregions, provinces, districts, or counties) which have higher wages than some underdeveloped areas within the same larger area in focus.

Such regional inequalities and injustices are the main themes of the core-periphery model, which focuses on tendencies of economic activities to...


Center-periphery model Centripetal and centrifugal forces Regional disparities Regional polarization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ResearcherBialystokPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of ManagementUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland