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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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Cities in a Global Order

Cities in a Global Order

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Global Cities and Global Order

Simon Curtis

Oxford University Press

This chapter engages with changes in the form of political order in the latter quarter of the twentieth century: the emergence of a global order incorporating a variety of decentralized entities, including a reconfigured ‘market state’, global cities, transnational corporations, epistemic networks, and social movements. The chapter argues that this form of global order, which embodies liberal principles, could only have emerged in a period when a liberal power held a hegemonic position in the balance of power. The chapter makes the link between a particular configuration of the international system, a distinctive form of international society, and the conditions that enabled global city formation. It goes on to argue that the advent of the global city must inevitably bring forth a whole host of political problems that will need to be resolved in new ways, because of its destabilizing effect on the very foundations of the modern international system.

Keywords:   political order, global order, global city, market state, international system

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