London as City-State
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London as City-State

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City Lab:

The situation [post-Brexit vote] is so tense and surreal that in the aftermath of the referendum result, over 178,000 people have signed a petition demanding that London become an independent city-state.

Talk of city-as-state continues for a number of reasons, including: cities routinely produce an outsized proportion of surrounding regions’ culture, politics, and economy; agriculture’s mechanization and subsidization; and cities are often able to simply get things done in practical ways that elude federal and state governments.

Much of what is said here about London could also be said for many cities around the world in relation to their countries or regions. And in the US, many states have one or two cities that represent most of their “GDP.”

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