The dynamics of national and international urban systems, as well as individual metropolitan areas, are closely connected with the decisions and actions of firms and institutions in the service sector. Services and Metropolitan Development explores the processes guiding both the development and the spatial impacts of services on the urban system and individual areas. The book describes the symbiotic relationship between the internationalisation of services and the effects of this re-structuring on urban systems. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject and its global development are reflected by the international range of contributors, specialists in geography, business management, economics and public administration. The book analyses the theoretical, conceptual and measurement issues confronting research on the development of services in North America, Northern Europe and Australia.