Global cities are driving today’s global economy. Some, such as New York and London are global financial centers. Los Angeles stands at the peak of the global entertainment industry. Hong Kong and Singapore loom over global trading. São Paulo, Seoul, and Chicago have taken their historical expertise in industry and turned into global centers of industrial knowledge. In what ways are the world’s most powerful and global cities, rather than national governments, serving as the economic engines of the twenty-first century? Is the concentration of economic activity in global cities disrupting international norms? How are global cities positioned to serve as hubs of global trade and commerce, and what role do they play in international trade negotiations?
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