Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 20, 2010

Global Cities Index

Foreign Policy has released its 2010 rankings of global cities. Students could look at the criteria described for the rankings and hypothesize what regime type and state capacity have to do the results.

The capital cities of most of the AP6 made the list (Abuja and Tehran did not, although Lagos did). London was ranked 2nd, Beijing 15th, Moscow 25th, Mexico City 30th, and Lagos was 59th.

7 Chinese cities make Global Cities Index
To create this year's rankings, the magazine analyzed 65 major cities using several criteria, including per capita GDP, influence, culture, innovation and overall strength. In the 2010 Global Cities Index, New York ranked 1st; Hong Kong 5th; Beijing 15th and Taipei 39th. Shanghai ranked 20th; Guangzhou 57th; Shenzhen 62nd and Chongqing 65th.

ATKearney, the company that helped prepare the index, described the methodology they use on their Global Cities Index web site.
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