Andy Thornley, Sylvia Chant, Gareth Jones, Diane Perrons, Caroline Moser and Saskia Sassen et al
Earthscan (June 2001)
The world has entered the urban millennium. Nearly half the world's people are now city dwellers and the rapid increase in urban population is expected to continue, mainly in developing countries. This historic transition is being further propelled by the powerful forces of globalisation. The central challenge for the international community is clear: to make both urbanisation and globalisation work for all people, instead of leaving billions behind or on the margins. This book is a comprehensive review of conditions in the world's cities and the prospects for making them better, safer places to live in an age of globalisation and should provide all stakeholders - foremost among them the urban poor themselves - with reliable and timely information with which to set policies right and get the machinery of urban life moving in a constructive direction.