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Social Economy of the MetropolisCognitive-Cultural Capitalism and the Global Resurgence of Cities$
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Allen J. Scott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549306.001.0001

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Inside the City

Inside the City

(p.19) 2 Inside the City
Social Economy of the Metropolis

Allen J. Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the internal constitution of cities, specifically on their urban policy and cultural capitalism. It starts by defining what should be taken into consideration in this kind of investigation. It continues with defining what urban areas are, and what contributions these areas make to defining social life. Urbanization and its impact on economy and society are also discussed. The chapter concentrates on public policy, and how these policies materialize in urban planning and other collective orders. Lastly, it discusses some key issues and other problems faced by implementing such urban policies.

Keywords:   urban policy, urbanization, metropolitan areas, urban planning

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