Metropolitan Economic Development: The Political Economy of Urbanisation in Mexico, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Metropolitan Economic Development

The Political Economy of Urbanisation in Mexico, 1st Edition

By Alejandra Trejo Nieto


328 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Metropolitan areas are home to a significant proportion of the world’s population and its economic output. Taking Mexico as a case study and weaving in comparisons from Latin America and developed countries, this book explores current trends and policy issues around urbanization, metropolisation, economic development and city-region governance.

Despite their fundamental economic relevance, the analysis and monitoring of metropolitan economies in Mexico and other countries in the global south under a comparative perspective are relatively scarce. This volume contains empirical analysis based on comparative perspectives with relation to international experiences.

It will be of interest to advanced students, researchers and policymakers in urban policy, urban economics, regional studies, economic geography and Latin American studies.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Rise of a Metropolitan World

1. The Intersection of the Urban, the Metropolitan and the Regional: Concepts and International Experiences

2. Urbanization in Mexico and Latin America: A Comparative Assessment

3. The Spatial Distribution of Population: A Study of Metropolitan Growth in Mexico

Part II: Metropolitan Economic Development as a Heterogeneous Process in the Mexican Urban System

4. Metropolitan Economic Disparities and Performance

5. Public Finances in Metropolitan Areas

6. Exploring the Driving Forces of Metropolitan Economic Development

Part III: Local Experiences: Metropolisation, Governance and Public Policies

7. The Metropolisation Process and Spatial Structure in Mexico City

8. Provision of Urban Services: How Mexico City Compares to Lima and Bogotá

9. How Economic Development Policies Have Shaped Metropolitan Southern California and Mexico City


About the Author

Alejandra Trejo Nieto is an economist and holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK. She is currently a professor at the Centre for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de Mexico.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies