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Knowledge Society

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1 Introduction
2 Features and characteristics of knowledge
3 Dimensions of the knowledge society
4 Spatial variations in the knowledge society
5 Implications for spatial policy


The qualitative leap in the ways in which knowledge is created, shared and used is leading to the emergence of the so-called knowledge society. The conditions for its development differ from one area to another in terms of the areas’ positions relative to important centres and lines of communication and in terms of the communications relationships and networks that have formed. Spatial policy faces the challenge of addressing these developments.

Hans Joachim Kujath, Axel Stein