Global Urban Analysis: A Survey of Cities in Globalization

Global Urban Analysis: A Survey of Cities in Globalization


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Global Urban Analysis provides a unique insight into the contemporary world economy through a focus on cities. It is based upon a large-scale customised data collection on how leading businesses use cities across the world: as headquarter locations, for finance, for professional and creative services, for media. These data - involving up to 2000 firms and over 500 cities - provide evidence for both how the leading cities, sometimes called global cities, are coming to dominate the world economy, and how hundreds of other cities are faring in this brave new urban world. Thus can the likes of London, New York and Hong Kong be tracked as well as Manchester, Cleveland and Guangzhou, and even Plymouth, Chattanooga and Xi'an. Cities are assessed and ranked in terms of their importance for various functions such as for financial services, legal services and advertising, plus novel findings are reported for the geographical orientations of their connections. This is truly a comprehensive survey of cities in globalization covering global, world-regional, and national scales of analysis: - 4 key chapters outline the global structure of the world economy featuring the leading cities; - 9 regional chapters covering the whole world also feature the level of services provided by 'medium' cities; - 22 chapters on selected countries and sub-regions indicate global-ness and local-ness and feature an even wider range of cities. Written in an easy to understand style, this book is a must read for anybody interested in their own city in the world and how it relates to other cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138975248
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/20/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Peter J. Taylor is Professor of Geography and Environmental Management at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, and Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network.

Pengfei Ni is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Finance and Trade Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China, and Secretary General of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project (GUCP).

Ben Derudder is Lecturer in Human Geography at Ghent University, Belgium, and Associate Director of GaWC.

Michael Hoyler is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and Associate Director of GaWC.

Jin Huang is Lecturer at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, and Research Fellow at GUCP.

Frank Witlox is Professor of Economic Geography at Ghent University, Belgium, and Associate Director of GaWC.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: the GUCP/GaWC Project


2. Command and Control Centres in the World Economy

3. Advanced Producer Service Centres in the World Economy

4. Media Centres in the World Economy

5. The Global City Process Score



6. Australasian Cities in Globalization

7. Pacific Asian Cities in Globalization

8. Eurasian Cities in Globalization

9. South Asian Cities in Globalization

10. Middle East/North African Cities in Globalization

11. European Cities in Globalization

12. Sub-Saharan Cities in Globalization

13. Northern American Cities in Globalization

14. Latin American Cities in Globalization

Global Synthesis: Regional Geography of Global Servicing



15. Australian Cities

16. Chinese Cities

17. Japanese Cities

18. Indian Cities

19. German Cities

20. French Cities

21. Swiss Cities

22. Italian Cities

23. UK Cities

24. Canadian Cities

25. USA Cities

26. Mexican Cities

27. Brazilian Cities

28. South East Asian Cities

29. Arabian Gulf Cities

30. European Post-Soviet Cities

31. Eastern European Cities

32. Nordic Cities

33. Benelux Cities

34. Iberian Cities

35. Southern African Cities

36. Central American Cities

Global Synthesis: National and Sub-Regional Contrasts


Trends and Change


A: Lists of Firms and Cities
(i) Firms listed in Forbes 2000 (2006)
(ii) All 200 firms in the network analyses
(iii) All 525 cities in the network analyses

B: Technical Appendix
(i) Data collection: Manual for data collectors
(ii) Data transformation: Network connectivity and hinterworld calculation

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