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National and local settlements: Voluntary sector geographies in London, Los Angeles and Sydney

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The global city-regions under study have been thoroughly examined for decades (though rarely compared), particularly London and Los Angeles; so much so that they have become touchstones for global city-region theorization, to the detriment of knowing and comparing other, more ‘ordinary cities’, especially in the Global South. However, this does not mean that we know everything about London, Los Angeles and Sydney, especially with regards to overlooked service hubs in backwater inner-city space. The overall aim in this chapter is to flesh out the critical exogenous dimensions of resilience. This is first done by embedding the global city-regions within their larger national political context. Second, the local welfare and voluntary sector settlements is traced in each global city-region, which also involved tracking the dramatic reinventions from the 1980s onwards, when London, Los Angeles and Sydney all attained a certain global city status. Third and finally, a place typology is offered for the ten inner-city areas that will structure the empirical analysis from Chapter Six onwards.

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