The Globalized City

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The Globalized City: Economic Restructing and Social Polarization in European Cities
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AuthorFrank Moulaert, Arantxa Rodriguez, Erik Swyngedouw
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesOxford Geographical and Environmental Studies Series
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
25 March 2005
307.1/216/0973 22
LC ClassHT131 .G58 2003

The Globalized City: Economic Restructing and Social Polarization in European Cities is a collection of discussions and case studies of large-scale urban development projects in nine European cities. It analyzes the relation between these projects and trends such as social exclusion, the emergence of new urban elites, and the consolidation of less democratic forms of urban governance.


The book offers in-depth analyses of linkages between urban restructuring and social exclusion against the backdrop of trends in urban governance across the European Union, examining neo-liberal and New Urban policies that increasingly favour private investment and deregulation of labour markets. The aim is to clarify the relationship between new urban spaces and the emergence of new forms of polity, economy, and urban life which may not necessarily promote social harmony within the metropolitan areas.

Case studies[edit]

The nine case studies in the book identify a number of large-scale urban development projects and look into the respective variation of governance systems at different scales. They also indicate how these local projects reflect global trends, institutional forms and strategic practices. The nine mega-projects include:

These case studies are thoughtful examinations of the argument that mega-projects and events are vital for urban development.

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