Making Megacities in Asia

Comparing National Economic Development Trajectories

  • Du Huynh

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Regional Science book series (BRIEFSREGION)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Du Huynh
    Pages 1-11
  3. Du Huynh
    Pages 13-31
  4. Du Huynh
    Pages 33-47
  5. Du Huynh
    Pages 49-69
  6. Du Huynh
    Pages 71-86
  7. Du Huynh
    Pages 87-112
  8. Du Huynh
    Pages 113-116
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 117-125

About this book


This book analyses and compares the development paths of five major cities in East and Southeast Asia since the early 1960s, including Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, and Shanghai. In examining these five cases through a carefully crafted conceptual framework, the author excavates an understanding of the dynamics that have enabled Seoul and Shanghai to become highly competitive as major engines of economic growth, while simultaneously accounting for why the other three cities have faced numerous problems in terms of meeting their development goals. Presenting both quantitative and qualitative data to trace the course of changes between 1960 and 2015, the case studies curate six possible explanations for the different cities’ developmental trajectories. The book considers the national development strategy matters to the development of cities and positions the share of budget revenue retained for cities’ expenditure as critical. The author demonstrates that consistently pursuing long-term strategies is important, and that public entrepreneurship with powerful supporting coalitions is vital. The book illustrates how master plans have played limited roles in the building of cities, and that fragmented governments are often at the root of the problems facing a city’s development. This book will be highly relevant to researchers in international and Asian urban development.


Making Megacities in Asia Urban development Asian city development National development strategy Urban planning Fiscal decentralization Urban politics Economic development Regional development

Authors and affiliations

  • Du Huynh
    • 1
  1. 1.Fulbright University VietnamHo Chi MinhVietnam

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