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Title: World cities in the Pacific Rim: a new global test of regional coherence
Authors: Taylor, Peter J.
Doel, M.A.
Hoyler, Michael
Walker, David R.F.
Beaverstock, Jonathan V.
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: © Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, and Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Citation: TAYLOR, P.J. ... et al, 2000. World cities in the Pacific Rim: a new global test of regional coherence. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 21 (3), pp.233-245.
Abstract: A new evaluation of the Pacific Rim concept is presented. The originality of this test for regional coherence is to be found in the basic units being analysed: cities instead of states. Based on a theoretical framework that identifies world city and world city network formation in terms of the office networks of advanced producer service firms, we use a principal components analysis to analyse a data set of 28 Pacific Rim cities and 46 global service firms. This identifies five main groupings of cities in terms of similar mixes of corporate service firms: a western Rim group; a group of ‘old Commonwealth’ cities; a market communist group of cities; Tokyo as a global city; and US cities as a specific separate group. These results confirm the numerous earlier studies that were sceptical of the existence of a coherent Pacific Rim region. However, the particular approach adopted here allows us to identify the Pacific Rim generically as a particularly pernicious construct. We conclude that the Pacific Rim is a geographical chaotic conception.
Description: The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Sponsor: The authors acknowledge the support of the ESRC for this research: the data derived from project R000222050 and the ideas for the application from project R000222693.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9493.t01-1-00071
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12766
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9493.t01-1-00071
ISSN: 0129-7619
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