Urban development and its causes, character and significance provide the focus of this book. The authors argue that this development can best be understood by examining cities in the light of the links that connect them to the world economy, with dominant multinationals and processes of economic restructuring. The book shows how these transnational linkages work, and how different cities participate in the global economy through developing specializations such as financial services. The role of the state in restructuring global, national and local economies is examined, and the everyday activities of households and communities are shown to be constitutive elements in the process of urban transformation. Contributors include - Michael Peter Smith, Joe R. Feagin, Michael Timberlake, Norman J. Glickman, Richard Tardanico, David C. Perry, Saskia Sassen-Koob, Richard Child Hill, Edward W. Soja, Patricia Anne Wilson, Desmond S. King, Sophie Body-Gendrot, Helen Safa, June Nash, Enzo Mingione, Susan S. Fainstein, Margit Mayer and John Walton.
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The world of modern capitalism is a global network both of corporations and of cities - 'world command cities' such as New York, London and Tokyo; 'specialized command cities' which concentrate on particular industries, such as Detroit; 'state command cities' such as Washington and Brasilia; and so on. These cities, linked by an organizational web of transnational corporations, are the pins holding the capitalist world economy together in the new international division of labour.
In The Capitalist City a group of eminent scholars analyzes the intricate relationships among cities, state policies and urban politics at a time of economic restructuring at global, national and local levels to provide an original and timely contribution to one of the most important areas of political and social science.About the Author:
Michael Peter Smith is author of The City and Social Theory (1980) and City, State and Market. Joe R. Feagin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of The Urban Real Estate Game (1983).
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Book Description Somerset, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Blackwell Pub, 1987. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # M139