chapter  2
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The focus of this study is to be upon regional and urban change so we need to move from the general level of discussion in Chapter 1 where we considered the broader issues of paths of national development to that of cities and regions. At this level the debate has centred upon the extent to which global processes are impacting upon cities and regions producing similar effects. Without doubt the last few decades have seen significant change within the urban areas and regions of the developed societies. There have been fiscal crises for city administrations as their tax bases have shrunk with outward mobility of the more affluent into the growing suburban areas and the consequent rising level of welfare dependants.