City-state: do modern megacities need national infrastructures?
The nuclei of the world's largest agglomerations, global cities, form a new reality of political, social and economic affairs both within their countries and in relation to other megapolitan areas around the world. Global megalopolises pose a challenge both to national identity and to classical national institutions. Their infrastructural and administrative base often develops separately from the national administrative system, which makes megalopolises autonomous subjects of the state.
● To what extent is a global city a part of its country, sharing in its identity?
● How do new subjects in the forms of agglomerations and megapolitan areas match up to other global subjects and neighbouring territories within their countries?