Cities and Nation-States

Section 2: Jacobs’ Urban Economics


From: Cities Matter


Chapter 6 explores the political and economic environments cities have to compete within their larger political structures, such as nation-states, federations, or confederations. It explores topics such as non-productive capital outflows, national currencies, and mismanagement of resources and urban wealth by the state.



Charles-Albert Ramsay

Charles-Albert Ramsay is a Montreal economist and teacher with an MA in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. As a journalist, he has reported on new business projects in cities throughout Canada and internationally. Specializing in innovation and urban economics, he has taught economics at Dawson College and Kiuna Institution in Quebec.