How Cities Go Global
THE SOURCE: “Cities in Today’s Global Age” by Saskia Sassen, in The SAIS Review, Winter–Spring 2009.
To most observers, New York appears quintessentially American; London, British; and Mumbai, Indian. Yet these enormous urban centers represent a new phenomenon: They are global cities, strategic economic spaces that play crucial roles in the international economy.
About 70 global cities, on every continent except Antarctica, provide crucial expertise in insurance, accounting, law, consulting, and programming for firms and exchanges operating across...