The pivotal nodes in the world city network are global cities—cities of supreme strategic value in global economy and politics, science and technology, culture, and society. Global Cities: Past, Present and Future explores the evolution of global cities—their formation, rise, development and tendencies. This book summarizes and interprets global tendencies and also puts forward a theoretical framework that will help researchers understand these cities better. It also makes a compelling case for understanding every city in terms of evolutionary dynamics. The first eight chapters of the book discuss the ontology of global city evolution and patterns, forms and trends of development. The last two chapters study the case of Shanghai, which aims to build itself into an important global city by 2050. This case study illustrates the shaping of a new type of global city that demonstrates new characteristics of the globalized space.

Introduction
Introduction

The 21st century is a century of cities. As the forces of globalization and informatization continue to impact, an intertwined world city network (WCN) has been formed by rapidly developing city clusters and transnational connections. The pivotal nodes in this network are global cities, which serve as spatial carriers for the transnational flow and allocation of resources in a globalized world. Global cities have supreme strategic value in the areas of global economy, politics, science and technology, and culture and society. Therefore, global cities research has attracted worldwide interest and attention, becoming a focus in modern academic research, and is considered as one of the major development strategies by some countries.

Research Background and Significance

The joint impact of globalization and informatization has brought significant ...

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