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.
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.
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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.