1st Edition

Urban Empires Cities as Global Rulers in the New Urban World

Edited By Edward Glaeser, Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp Copyright 2021
    444 Pages
    by Routledge

    444 Pages
    by Routledge

    We live in the ‘urban century’. Cities all over the world – in both developing and developed countries – display complex evolutionary patterns. Urban Empires charts the backgrounds, mechanisms, drivers, and consequences of these radical changes in our contemporary systems from a global perspective and analyses the dominant position of modern cities in the ‘New Urban World’.

    This volume views the drastic change cities have undergone internationally through a broad perspective and considers their emerging roles in our global network society. Chapters from renowned scholars provide advanced analytical contributions, scaling applied and theoretical perspectives on the competitive profile of urban agglomerations in a globalizing world. Together, the volume traces and investigates the economic and political drivers of network cities in a global context and explores the challenges over governance that are presented by mega-cities. It also identifies and maps out the new geography of the emergent ‘urban century’.

    With contributions from well-known and influential scholars from around the world, Urban Empires serves as a touchstone for students and researchers keen to explore the scientific and policy needs of cities as they become our age’s global power centers.

    Introduction: Do Urban Empires Rule the World? [Edward Glaeser, Karima Kourtit, and Peter Nijkamp]  Part One. Positioning of Cities  1. Re-Inserting Place in the Analysis of the Global Digital Economy – An Essay [Saskia Sassen]  2. Winner-Take-All-Cities [Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander, and Karen King]  3. Winners and Losers in the Urban System [Tony Venables]  4. Promiscuous Agglomerations: Towards Integrating Urban Agglomerations with Urban Networks [Peter J. Taylor]  5. Network Communities as Urban Empires [Zachary Neal]  6. Large Urban Agglomerations and Efficient Public Services: Local vs. Regional Control [Richard L. Church]  7. The Rise of Mega Urban Regions and the Future of Spatial Organization  [Kinglsey E. Haynes and Roger R. Stough]  8. The "New Urban World": Challenges for Large Urban Agglomerations [Eduardo Haddad and Ana Barufi]  Part Two. Assessing of Urban Developments  9. Network Infrastructure and the Economy [Ake Andersson and David Emanuel Andersson] 10. Proximity and Agglomeration, Two Understanding Keys of City [Lise Bourdeau-Lepage and André Torre]  11. A Scientific Program on Urban Performance and Dynamics [Roberto Camagni, Roberta Capello, and Andrea Caragliu]  12. The Analysis of Big Data on Cites and Regions: Some Computational and Statistical Challenges [Laurie Schintler and Manfred Fischer]  13. Defining City Size and Growth [Michael Batty]  14. In Pursuit of High-Performance Global Cities – An Extended Dea Model: For Assessing Urban Socio-Economic and Environmental Indicators [Soushi Suzuki, Karima Kourtit, and Peter Nijkamp]  Part Three. Learning from Cities  15. Innovative Transformations of Global City Regions in the Post-Urban World [Charlie Karlsson, Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas]  16. The Changing Industrial Organization of American Megaregions [Harrison S. Campbell, Isabelle Nilsson and Neil Reid]  17. The Quaternary City: "Financialization" and "Thin Globalisation" in Prospect [Philip Cooke]  18. Seoul as an Urban Empire: Evidence from Spatial Interaction Models [John Carruthers and Su-Jung Lee]  19. Material Flows in the Global City [Genevieve Giuliano, Sanggyun Kang, Nathan Hutson and Quan Yuan]  20. The Public Expenditure Impact on Urban Population Growth [Steven Craig and Janet Kohlhase]  21. Resilience to a Cyber-Attack on the Detroit Automobile Industry: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach [Adam Rose and Zhenhua Chen] 22. Metropolitan Cities: Which Development Strategies? Which New Perspectives For Improving Productivity ? Which Governance Tools? [Luigi Fusco Girard]


    Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

    Karima Kourtit is at the Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands. Her main scientific research is in the field of creative industries, urban vitality and development, ethnic business, citizen involvement, cultural heritage, tourism, digital technology, and strategic key performance indicators (KPIs) for cities. In this context, she also became involved in research on urban dashboards, social media (‘big data’) research and resilience analysis.

    Peter Nijkamp is Emeritus Professor in regional and urban economics and in economic geography at the VU University, and associated with the Open University (OU), Heerlen (The Netherlands).  He is member of editorial/advisory boards of more than 30 journals and a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 1996, he was awarded the most prestigious scientific prize in the Netherlands, the Spinoza award. He is also Vice-President of The Regional Science Academy (TRSA).