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.

part 2|137 pages

World–Regional Connectivity Analyses

chapter |3 pages


chapter 6|8 pages

Australasian Cities in Globalization

chapter |7 pages

Global Synthesis

Regional Geography of Global Servicing

part 3|156 pages

Key Country and Sub-Regional Connectivity Profiles

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 15|4 pages

Australian Cities

chapter 16|7 pages

Chinese Cities

chapter 17|6 pages

Japanese Cities

chapter 18|6 pages

Indian Cities

chapter 19|7 pages

German Cities

chapter 20|5 pages

French Cities

chapter 21|5 pages

Swiss Cities

chapter 22|4 pages

Italian Cities

chapter 23|6 pages

UK Cities

chapter 24|5 pages

Canadian Cities

chapter 25|11 pages

US Cities

chapter 26|5 pages

Mexican Cities

chapter 27|6 pages

Brazilian Cities

chapter 28|6 pages

South East Asian Cities

chapter 29|4 pages

Arabian Gulf Cities

chapter 31|7 pages

Eastern European Cities

chapter 32|6 pages

Nordic Cities

chapter 33|6 pages

Benelux Cities

chapter 34|6 pages

Iberian Cities

chapter 35|6 pages

Southern African Cities

chapter |5 pages

Global Synthesis

National and Sub-Regional Contrasts