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City: An analysis of the framework of categories and terms

Vol. 20, Iss. 2, FEBRUARY 2020

Received: 23 September 2019

Received in revised form: 10 November 2019

Accepted: 14 December 2019

Available online: 14 February 2020


JEL Classification: R10

Pages: 208–221


Manaeva I.V. Belgorod State National Research University (BSU), Belgorod, Russian Federation


Subject This article examines the patterns and features of the placement of the city as a structure formation unit in the hierarchy of spatial economic formations of Russia.
Objectives The article aims to analyze the definitions of the term City used in Russian and foreign scholarly literature.
Methods For the study, I used the methods of logical, systems, and comprehensive analyses, and classification.
Results The article analyzes and classifies the terms City, Urban Agglomeration, Single-Industry City, Smart City, and Digital City used in the works of domestic and foreign scholars. The article also presents the results of a comparative analysis of the city criteria in the legislation of the Russian Federation subjects.
Conclusions Currently, the Federal legislation lacks any city criteria, making it difficult to identify them at the regional level. Thresholds for population size vary in the regions of the Russian Federation.

Keywords: city, urban agglomeration, criteria


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