Special Issue "World Cities in the Era of Globalization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: command and control functions of cities; energy sector; finance of energy corporations; corporate headquarters; globalization; transnational corporations; urban studies
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Interests: urban studies; urban geography; urban planning
Both Friedmann’s world city concept and Sassen’s global city theory were coined in a historical period characterized by descriptive terms such as globalization, neoliberalism, individualism, deregulation, free trade, supranationalism, transnational corporations, and the international division of labor. In that time period, world/global cities positioned themselves at the focal points of the world economy by acquiring corporate control functions and providing advanced producer services to various actors in the economy. In addition, due to these cities’ global centrality in the world urban system, they have also become central in international flows of immigrant labor. The most recent past, however, may be characterized by phenomena such as Donald Trump’s America First policy, the United Kingdom’s leaving of the European Union known as Brexit, ongoing trade wars between the United States and China and the European Union, deepening of China’s economic slowdown, a massive increase in migration towards developed countries, growing popularity of illiberalism in some Eastern European and Latin American countries, and endless conflicts and wars in the Middle East. As a consequence, world cities face new challenges that significantly impact not only their position in the world urban system and the quality of interurban relations, but also their development and internal evolution.
This Special Issue aims to reveal how world cities reflect on these emerging challenges of our era. We are pleased to invite scholars to participate in this endeavor by submitting papers relevant to this topic. We wish to invite you to submit comparative analyses for groups of cities as well as case studies focused on individual cities.
Dr. Piotr Raźniak
Dr. György Csomós
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- world city
- global city
- transnational corporations
- corporate control function
- world city network