Building Shanghai as an International City: Exchange of Ideas

  • Matthew Skogstad-StubbsEmail author


This paper seeks to provide a small contribution to urban development by looking beyond the narrow depiction of Shanghai’s growth as the relationship of global capital and local state power. The central hypothesis of this paper is that urban development is influenced not only by economic and political forces but also by how these two variables culminate in ideas about optimal urban environments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Parrot SAParisFrance

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