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Cities and Economies

1st Edition

By Yeong-Hyun Kim, John Rennie Short


208 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Cities and Economies explores the complex and subtle connections between cities and economies. The rise of the merchant city, the development of the industrial city and the creation of the service-dominated urban economy are all explored, along with economic globalization and its effects on cities in both developed and developing economies. This book provides a thorough examination of the role of the city in shaping economic processes and explains the different effects that economies have on cities. It provides an invaluable and unrivaled guide to the relationship between urban structure and economic processes as they compare and contrast across the world.

The authors examine the complex relationships between the city and the economy in historical and global contexts, as well as evaluating the role of world cities, the economic impacts of megacities and the role of the state in shaping urban economic policies. They focus on the ways in which cities have led, and at the same time adapted to, economic shifts. Large cities are viewed as the centres of regional and national economies, while a small number are defined by their centrality in the global economy.

The book:

  • examines key ideas and concepts on the economic aspects of urban change
  • explores the changing nature of urban economies and their relationships with changes at the national and global levels
  • compares current economic issues and policies of large cities around the world
  • explores the links between globalization and economic changes in cities and the growing competitions between them.

Cities and Economies uses case studies, photographs and maps expanding across the US, Western Europe and Asia. Written in a clear and accessible style, the book answers some fundamental questions about the economic role of cities. It is an essential text for students of geography, economics, sociology, urban studies and urban planning.

Table of Contents

1. Cities and Economies 2. Mercantile Cities and European Colonialism 3. The Rise and Fall of Industrial Cities 4. Service Industries and Metropolitan Economies 5. Globalization and World Cities 6. Globalization and Globalizing Cities 7. New Solutions for Old Economies 8. Third World Cities 9. World City Projects for National Capitals 10. Globalizing Islands in Developing Countries

About the Authors

Yeong-Hyun Kim is Associate Professor in Geography, Ohio University. Her teaching and research specialty includes globalization, urban political economy, development and Asia. She is currently working on migrant labor in Seoul, South Korea.

John Rennie Short is Professor of Geography and Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has published twenty-eight books and numerous articles and is recognized as an international authority on the study of cities.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban