Extant Studies: The Dominance of Large Cities

  • Qianyi Wang
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
  • Ran Li


Chapter  2 undertakes a review of both the theoretical and empirical literature on city development. Theories provide an analytical frame against which empirical work can be tested. The empirical work covered here relates to studies of city development in China. In relating theories to empirical work, an attempt is made to critique the relevance of these theories, all of which have been developed for urban settings outside China. This critique, together with the earlier review of existing research, should reveal the gaps that this research attempts to address. From these gaps and the questions already posited, a revised theoretical framework that underpins this work can then be developed, especially with respect to the key drivers of growth and internationalization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qianyi Wang
    • 1
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
    • 2
  • Ran Li
    • 3
  1. 1.YantaiChina
  2. 2.Petaling JayaMalaysia
  3. 3.Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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