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Cosmopolitan Cities and Nation States: Open Economies, Urban Dynamics, and Government in East Asia
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Shorenstein APARC, page(s): 60

February 2002

This essay is about the pivotal role cities play in the current pattern of social, cultural, and political change in East Asia. Its starting premise is that the postwar era of nation state building and state-led change is ending and a different era - one that centers on global capitalism and new technological capacities - has been steadily emerging in the region over the last several decades. At the vortex of these new forces we find big, successful cities.

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