Plenty has been written on the competitiveness of megacities, capital cities, and regional hubs. Cities in developing countries have not yet received the same attention – this book fills that gap. An international team of expert academics have come together to present a comprehensive study of the competitiveness of cities in the developing world. Spanning Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this book homes in on specific city cases and examines how they relate to the rest of the global economy. The focus is on acknowledging their unique contexts, while drawing out commonalities, and ultimately identifying ways for them to enhance their competitiveness, wellbeing, and sustainability.

This volume will be valuable reading to advanced students, researchers, and policymakers in urban and regional studies, economic geography, and economic development.

chapter |2 pages


ByPeter Karl Kresl

chapter 1|10 pages

Cities and the contemporary global economy

ByPeter Karl Kresl

chapter 2|15 pages

Competitiveness and well-being as features of the global economy

ByPeter Karl Kresl

chapter 3|15 pages

Africa and the global economy

ByWinnie V. Mitullah

chapter 4|32 pages

African cities and competitiveness

ByWinnie V. Mitullah

chapter 5|16 pages

Asia and the global economy

ByPeter Karl Kresl

chapter 6|25 pages

East Asian cities and competitiveness

ByPeter Karl Kresl, Ni Pengfei

chapter 7|27 pages

Latin America in the global economy, 2000–20

ByJaime Sobrino, Isela Orihuela

chapter 8|29 pages

Latin American cities and competitiveness

ByIsela Orihuela

chapter 9|8 pages

ConclusionsCities of diversity

ByIsela Orihuela