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Socio-spatial differentiation in Metropolitan areas and its political consequences: Comparing Metropolises in new and old member states of enlarged European Union


The project concentrates on the research on the political consequences of the development in the metropolitan areas.

Its main goal is to study territorial differentiation and polarisation of political behaviour among citizens within metropolitan areas in t he post-Communist East-Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) in a comparison to current EU member states.

Four main hypotheses will be tested:
- Suburban population tends to participate less and are more disengaged from politics.
- The sub-urbanisation leads to the growing geopolitical fragmentation of metropolitan areas, and, consequently to the more difficult governability of the metropolitan areas.
- Metropolitan areas of capital cities are, due to their greater exposure to globalisation processes, increasingly different from the other observed metropolitan areas in the East-Central Europe both in terms of socio-spatial segregation, the scope of sub-urbanisation, and their influence to the spatial differences in political behaviour.
- The development of metropolitan areas in the East-Central Europe still differ from patterns of metropolitan development in the West Europe and North America due to their different historical experience under Communism.

The convergence tendencies, however, can already be observed. Methodologically, the project is based on the analysis of the data from the International Metropolitan Observatory Project database. Data relevant to the topic of the proposed project will be extracted from the database, and the set of suitable comparative indicators will be created.

Then, the statistical analysis of the spatial patterns of political behaviour within metropolitan areas will be performed in relation to spatial patterns of social structures. Factors underlying the spatial differences in political behaviour will be identified.

Finally, a comparison among observed metropolitan areas will be performed. Typology of possible metropolitan modes of development will be created.

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