Cities in Transition

Globalization, Political Change and Urban Development

  • Rita Schneider-Sliwa

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 83)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Theoretical Framework

  3. Geographical Contexts

  4. Power Transferred

  5. Ideology Collapsed

    1. J. Stadelbauer
      Pages 125-145
    2. A.G. Papadopoulos, K. Axenov
      Pages 147-173
    3. J. Bähr, U. Jürgens
      Pages 175-208
  6. Horizons Expanded

  7. Development Handicapped

  8. Synopsis

    1. Rita Schneider-Sliwa
      Pages 321-329

About this book


This book was written with the aim of showing that even in the era of globalization developments appearing in cities are not subject to almost unconditional global forces. Rather, universal forces are decisive eventualities in the process of urban restructuring, often influencing its course and speed, yet developments and particularities within a city strongly influence the course of events and the extent to which negative characteristics of globalization might occur.

Berlin, Brussels, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sarajevo and Vienna: Using these important cities the special relationship between global and local/regional forces is analyzed. The case studies were selected based on their political and cultural context and the fact that their social and political fabric was subject to major changes in the recent past. How global processes manifest themselves locally depends to a great extent on how development processes and endogenic potentials are initiated locally in order to cope with the new global economic and societal conditions.


Europe geography globalization urban development

Editors and affiliations

  • Rita Schneider-Sliwa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geosciences, Urban and Regional StudiesUniversity of BaselSwitzerland

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