National urban systems and global development
As demonstrated in Chapter 2, much of development theory and practice can be interpreted as debating the role that towns and cities are seen as playing in the development process, and the precise balance that it is envisaged should be maintained between rural and urban areas. Chapter 2 considered this issue primarily from the point of view of theories and conceptualisations of development. The focus of the present chapter is on the main empirical generalisations that can be made about so-called urban systems. Chapter 4 then examines the policy implications of these characteristics. Hence, this chapter is quite strongly contemporary and futuristic in orientation.