Metropolitan areas are home to a significant proportion of the world’s population and its economic output. Taking Mexico as a case study and weaving in comparisons from Latin America and developed countries, this book explores current trends and policy issues around urbanisation, metropolisation, economic development and city-region governance.

Despite their fundamental economic relevance, the analysis and monitoring of metropolitan economies in Mexico and other countries in the Global South under a comparative perspective are relatively scarce. This volume contains empirical analysis based on comparative perspectives with relation to international experiences.

It will be of interest to advanced students, researchers and policymakers in urban policy, urban economics, regional studies, economic geography and Latin American studies.

chapter |11 pages


part I|90 pages

The rise of a metropolitan world

chapter 1|29 pages

The intersection of the urban, the metropolitan and the regional

Concepts, theories and international experiences

chapter 2|29 pages

Urbanisation in Mexico and Latin America

A comparative assessment

chapter 3|30 pages

The spatial distribution of population

A study of metropolitan patterns and dynamics in Mexico

part II|82 pages

Metropolitan economic development in Mexico

chapter 4|30 pages

The economic significance of metropolitan areas

Patterns of economic performance and disparities

chapter 5|30 pages

Public financing in metropolitan areas

part III|97 pages

Local experiences

chapter 7|26 pages

The metropolisation process and spatial structure in Mexico City

A giant’s tale

chapter 8|30 pages

Provision of urban services

How Mexico City performs compared to other metropolitan areas in Latin America

chapter |17 pages