The Chicago Council on Global Affairs partnered with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Foreign Policy magazine to release a comprehensive ranking of how sixty cities from forty countries are powering integration, interaction, and influence on a global scale. The inaugural Global Cities Index was published in the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy.
New York, London, and Paris are the world’s most global cities, according to the index, with Chicago ranked 8th. The index also revealed that top-ranking cities face strong competition from emerging cities such as Beijing, Moscow, Shanghai, and Dubai.
While most other city rankings limit their focus to business or quality of life measures, the Global Cities Index incorporates business activity, human capital, information exchange, as well as two additional dimensions of what makes cities global: cultural experience and political engagement. The result is a holistic look at what differentiates cities in generating, attracting, and retaining global capital, people, and ideas.