This article is dedicated to the memory of David J. M. Hooson. I am grateful for the encouragement of Margaret McKenzie. Also, I wish to thank Craig Colten and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions and professionalism.
MOSCOW ON THE RISE: FROM PRIMATE CITY TO MEGAREGION*
Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2013
© 2013 by the American Geographical Society of New York
Volume 103, Issue 1, pages 20–36, January 2013
How to Cite
ARGENBRIGHT, R. (2013), MOSCOW ON THE RISE: FROM PRIMATE CITY TO MEGAREGION. Geographical Review, 103: 20–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2013.00184.x
- Issue online: 24 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2013
- New Moscow;
- primate city;
In this article I examine Moscow's role in the political-economic space of the Russian Federation. A broad range of data supports the thesis that the capital has become a primate city, one that serves no longer as the command center of a closed system but as the primary node of interconnection between Russia and the rest of the world. The effort to create a larger, polycentric “New Moscow” next to the ancient capital is marked by a tightening of central control, in contrast to governance regimes of European megaregions. Nevertheless, expansion of the capital region very likely will further boost Moscow's dominance over the country.