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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Trends in Urbanization
Trends in urbanization
  • 1Urbanization Level Per Region and Tipping Point (Urban vs Rural Population)
  • 2Ranks of Largest Cities (1950–2010)
  • 3Eleven Countries with Highest and Lowest Levels of Urbanization (2008)
  • 4The World's Fastest Growing Cities (estimated growth rate 2006–2020 above 4%)
  • 5Largest Cities in Historical Perspective (2008)
  • 6Cities and their Population Density (2007; people per sqKm; Top 10 and selected cities)
  • 7Number of Large Urban Agglomerations by Geographic Aggregates
  • 8Share of GDP and Population in Selected Cities (as Percentage of Total National)
  • 9Selection of World's Top 100 Economies (overall rank in brackets; 2008)
  • 10GDP and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Selected Cities

The twenty-first century is increasingly seen as the urban age. The United Nations has estimated that by the end of 2008 over 50 per cent of the world's population lived in cities. ...

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