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Title: New region planning in France? Better order or more disorder ?
Authors: Ausloos, Marcel
First Published: 6-Aug-2015
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Entropy, 2015, 17 (8), pp. 5695-5710
Abstract: This paper grounds the critique of the 'reduction of regions in a country' not only in its geographical and social context but also in its entropic space. The various recent plans leading to the reduction of the number of regions in metropolitan France are discussed, based on the mere distribution in the number of cities in the plans and analyzed according to various distribution laws. Each case, except the present distribution with 22 regions, on the mainland, does not seem to fit presently used theoretical models. Beside, the number of inhabitants is examined in each plan. The same conclusion holds. Therefore a theoretical argument based on entropy considerations is proposed, thereby pointing to whether more order or less disorder is the key question, - discounting political considerations.
DOI Link: 10.3390/e17085695
ISSN: 1099-4300
eISSN: 1099-4300
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2015. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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