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World Cities in a World-System

Edited By: Paul L Knox and Peter J Taylor

335 pages, Tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 1995 | #70219 | ISBN: 0521484707
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Cities such as New York, Toyko, and London are the centres of transnational corporate headquarters, of international finance, transnational institutions, and telecommunications. They are the dominant loci in the contemporary world economy, and the influence of a relatively small number of cities within world affairs has been a feature of the shift from an international to a more global economy which took place during the 1970s and 1980s. This book brings together the leading researchers in the field to write seventeen original essays which cover both the theoretical and practical issues involved. They examine the nature of world cities, and their demands as special places in need of specific urban policies; the relationship between world cities within global networks of economic flows; and the relationship between world city research and world-systems analysis and other theoretical frameworks.

The accessibility of the text and the compactness of the chapters make it a useful and lively textbook for graduate students in urban studies and planning as well as in courses that focus on the global dimensions of geography, political economy and sociology...World Cities in a World System makes available an important set of readings for planners and students of planning who are interested in the future shape of the public sector and the public's participation in setting urban agendas. Gerald Sussman, JAPA Journal "This highly recommended book offers a challenging research agenda to those interested in overcoming these boundaries and advancing this important debate." Susan Clarke, American Political Science Review


Preface; Part I. Introduction: World City, Hypothesis and Context: 1. World cities in a world-system Paul L. Knox; 2. Where we stand: a decade of world city research John Friedmann; 3. World cities and territorial states: the rise and fall of their mutuality Peter J. Taylor; 4. On concentration and centrality in the global city Saskia Sassen; Part II. Cities in Systems: 5. Cities in global matrices: toward mapping the world-system's city system David A. Smith and Michael Timberlake; 6. World cities, multinational corporations, and urban hierarchy: the case of the United States Donald Lyons and Scott Salmon; 7. Transport and the world city paradigm David J. Keeling; 8. The world city hypothesis: reflections from the periphery David Salmon; 9. Global logics in the Caribbean city system: the case of Miami Ramon Grosfoguel; 10. Comparing Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles: testing some world cities hypotheses Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod; 11. 'Going global' in the semi-periphery: world cities as political projects: the case of Toronto Graham Todd; Part III. Politics and Policy in World Cities: Theory and Practice: 12. Re-presenting world cities: cultural theory/social practice Anthony D. King; 13. Theorizing the global-local connection Robert A. Beauregard; 14. The disappearance of world cities and the globalization of local politics Michael Peter Smith; 15. World cities and global communities: the municipal foreign policy movement and new roles for cities Andrew Kirby and Sallie Marston, with Kenneth Seasholes; 16. The environmental problematic in world cities Roger Keil; 17. The successful management and administration of world cities: mission impossible? Peter M. Ward; Appendix: the world city hypothesis John Friedmann; Index.

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