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The whole landscape of research in urban studies was revolutionized by the publication of Richard Florida's The Rise of the Creative Classin 2002 and his The Flight of the Creative Classhas helped maintain a decade long explosion of interest in the field While these two books examine the creative class in the context of the United States, there has been emerging research of the creative class worldwide. This book brings together comparative country studies of the creative class globally and examines the geography of the creative class within the world's most important countries and its effect on growth and development. The editors contribute a synthetic introductory chapter introducing the core issues, providing context on the ongoing debate over the creative class, and introducing the reader to these various studies. As well as a conclusion which draws over-arching as well as comparative insights from the various contributions.