Spatial Dimension of Cohesion and The Methods of Its Assessment
The article refers to the concept of territorial cohesion. It focuses on its terminological complexity and close relations with the ideas of social and economic cohesion. The second part of the paper is aimed at presenting and discussing the usability of the chosen methods of measuring territorial cohesion. The attempts to assess spatial dimension of cohesion relate to international, regional and sub-regional levels. In the first case they are strongly influenced by the EU development policy and ESPON achievements, whereas in the second one, the objectives of the presented research projects respond rather to regional and national needs. Discussing the concept and methodology of measuring territorial cohesion is preceded by presenting a wide range of exemplary variables used in illustrating the analyzed phenomena.
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