The literature on 'world cities' has had an enormous influence
on urban theory and planning alike. From Manila to London,
academics and policy makers have attempted to understand, and to
some extent strive for, world city status. This book is a study of
Cape Town's standing in this network of urban centres, and an
investigation of the conceptual appropriateness of this world city
hypothesis. Drawing on more than a dozen years of fieldwork in Cape
Town, McDonald provides an historical overview of institutional and
structural reforms, examining fiscal imbalances, political
marginalization, (de)racialization, privatization and other
neoliberal changes. By examining and analyzes these reforms and
changes, McDonald contributes the first radical critique of the
world city literature from a developing country perspective.
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