Does globalization menace our cities? Are cities able to exercise democratic rule and strategic choice when international competition increasingly limits the importance of place? "Cities in the International Marketplace" looks at the political responses of ten cities in North America and Western Europe as they grappled with the forces of global restructuring during the past thirty years. H. V. Savitch and Paul Kantor conclude that cities do have choices in city building and that they behave strategically in the international marketplace.
Rather than treating cities through case studies, this book undertakes rigorous systematic comparison. In doing so it provides an innovative theory that explains how city governments bargain in the capital investment process to assert their influence. The authors examine the role of economic conditions and intergovernmental politics as well as local democratic institutions and cultural values. They also show why cities vary in their approaches to urban development. They portray how cities are constrained by the dynamics of the global economy but are not its prisoners. Further, they explain why some urban communities have more maneuverability than do others in the economic development game. Local governance, culture, and planning can combine with economic fortune and national urban policies to provide resources that expand or contract the scope for choice. This clearly written book analyzes the political economy of development in Detroit, Houston, and New York in the United States; Toronto in Canada; Paris and Marseilles in France; Milan and Naples in Italy; and Glasgow and Liverpool in Great Britain.
Winner of the 2003 Best Book in Urban Politics Award "This is a major study about western cities in the context of global capitalism and the large demographic shifts of the last thirty years. Through a mix of detailed empirical study and big conceptual questions the authors give us the instruments to capture and detect the ongoing weight of local politics in an exploding international marketplace that has made cities themselves an object for investment."--Saskia Sassen, editor of Global Networks, Linked Cities "An important comparative study of urban development process and politics... Savitch and Kantor's systematic study offers an array of explanations that are woven together to demonstrate several important concepts about planning policy and urban development."--Robyne S. Turner, Journal of the American Planning Association