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Beyond the Tipping Point: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Urbanization and Development

Jo Beall, Basudeb Guha‐Khasnobis and Ravi Kanbur

in Urbanization and Development

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590148
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590148.003.0001

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Beyond the Tipping Point: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Urbanization and Development

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The world has just crossed the point where more than half the global population is urban, a trend driven by rapid urbanization in developing countries. Urban centres offer economies of scale in terms of productive enterprise and public investment. Cities are social melting pots, centres of innovation, and drivers of social change. However, cities are also marked by social differentiation, poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation. This chapter introduces a significant new collection of multidisciplinary studies focused on urbanization and its implications for development. It raises four questions: What is so special about the urban context? Why is urbanization and urban growth important to development at the present conjuncture? What are the strengths and limitations of our current state of knowledge about urbanization and development from the policy perspective? How can a multidisciplinary perspective on the urban context add value to development research and policy?

Keywords: cities; development; poverty; research; urbanization; JEL classification; O18; R11

Chapter.  6090 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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