Along with globalization, urban transitions have been central in the southward shift in economic power towards the newly emerging economies. As this book shows, however, these transitions have not been painless, and it is important for the rest of the urbanising world to learn from the mistakes.
It examines the role of urbanisation and urban growth in the emerging economies, taking the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as case studies. Their different approaches towards urbanisation have shaped their historical development paths and assisted or constrained their futures.
Several of the BRICS bear heavy burdens from past failures to accommodate urban growth inclusively and efficiently, and many other urbanising countries in Asia and Africa are in danger of replicating their mistakes. The overriding lesson of the book is that cities and nations must anticipate urbanisation, and accommodate urban growth pro-actively, so as not to be left with an enduring legacy of inequalities and lost opportunities.
This book is aimed at students and researchers in urban studies and development studies. It will also be of interest to policy advisors concerned with urbanisation and the role of cities in a country’s development.