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Global Cities and Global Order$
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Simon Curtis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744016.001.0001

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Theorizing Global Cities

Theorizing Global Cities

(p.59) 2 Theorizing Global Cities
Global Cities and Global Order

Simon Curtis

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that, despite an impressive theoretical and empirical literature having been developed on the dynamics and features of global cities, there has been a failure to theorize the very conditions of possibility that have allowed global cities to emerge, and thus to build an adequate theoretical foundation for thinking through their wider systemic implications. What is needed in the next stage of this research project is a focus on the political, particularly at the level of the international system. This allows us to see how global cities form an integral part of a broader, historically distinctive, form of international order, and are bound up with a shift in the culture of international society.

Keywords:   global city, feature, international system, international society, international order

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