This incisive inter-disciplinary text provides a major contribution to the study of finance capital and the metropolis. It is the first authoritative account of the momentous changes in the organisation of finance capital that occurred in the 1980s. But it never contents itself with a mere record of events. Changes in finance are scrupulously and consistently related to changes in urban forms, notably metropolitan lifestyles and aesthetics.
` ... provides valuable insights into how the weird and wonderful workings of the City contribute to shaping London's physical form and determining the quality of urban life. There is a useful message for those who are currently looking to London's future as a dominant global financial centre: don't bank on it.' - Architects' Journal
`Global Finance and Urban Living provides a fascinating glimpse of one of the world's premier centres of capital accumulation. For the growing legions of researchers interested in financial capital, this is a volume to be taken seriously.' - Progress in Human Geography