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Functional specialization across space: A case study of the Canadian electricity industry, 1971-2001

Brunelle, Cédric; Polèse, Mario (2008). Functional specialization across space: A case study of the Canadian electricity industry, 1971-2001 The Canadian Geographer/Le géographe canadien , vol. 52 , nº 4. p. 486-504. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0064.2008.00226.x.

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This article examines the location of functions within the electricity sector in Canada from 1971 to 2001, using a centre‐periphery model. Power generation, distribution and retailing are generally carried out by multiestablishment crown corporations. Location patterns of different functions—management, scientific, production, etc.—are analyzed via the use of occupational groups. The spatial distribution of functions is found to be generally consistent with centre‐periphery relationships, with evidence of a growing functional specialization between large metropolitan and nonmetropolitan locations. However, differences emerge depending on power generation sources: fossil fuels, hydro, nuclear, solar or biomass. The choice of a power generation source has consequences for local economies.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: structures spatiales; organisations; spécialisation fonctionnelle
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 13 nov. 2020 16:10
Dernière modification: 13 nov. 2020 16:10
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10120

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