Urbanizing the nation-state? : Notes on the geopolitical growth of cities and city-regions

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Moisio , S 2018 , ' Urbanizing the nation-state? Notes on the geopolitical growth of cities and city-regions ' , Urban Geography , vol. 39 , no. 9 , pp. 1421-1424 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2018.1454685

Title: Urbanizing the nation-state? : Notes on the geopolitical growth of cities and city-regions
Author: Moisio, Sami
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Geosciences and Geography
Date: 2018-10-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 4
Belongs to series: Urban Geography
ISSN: 0272-3638
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309643
Abstract: This article suggests that the developments during the past few decades indicate a qualitative shift in the city/state relation, and conceptualizes this shift as the geopolitical growth of cities and city-regions. Originally a state-orchestrated process, today this is manifested in the attempts of major cities and city-regions, in particular, to demand a stronger national and international political role even as claims are made for urban separatism. This process is connected to a geopolitical reasoning of the heightened role of cities in inter-state competition during the age of post-Fordist capitalism. Furthermore, the geopolitical growth of cities and city-regions is partly constituted in academic theories and expert knowledges that combine certain type of urbanism, economic growth, and political success, and which in so doing destabilize state-centered geopolitical imaginations.
Subject: 519 Social and economic geography
Geopolitics
cities
city-regions
the state
spatial transformation
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