The City as a Global Political Actor

The City as a Global Political Actor

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This book engages with the thorny question of global urban political agency. It critically assesses the now popular statement that in the context of paralysed and failing nation state governments, cities can and will provide leadership in addressing global challenges.

Cities can act politically on the global scale, but the analysis of global urban political agency needs to be firmly embedded in the field of urban studies. Collectively, the chapters in this volume contextualize urban agency in time and space and pluralize it by looking at how urban agency is nurtured through coalitions between a wide range of public and private actors. The authors develop and critically assess the conceptual underpinnings of the notion of global urban political agency from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. The second part contains several (theoretically informed) empirical analyses of global urban political agency in cities around the globe.

This book geographically expands analysis by looking beyond global cities in diverse contexts. It is highly recommended reading for scholars in the fields of international relations and urban studies who are looking for an interdisciplinary and empirically grounded understanding of global urban political agency, in a diversity of contexts and a plurality of forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351330732
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/10/2018
Series: Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 282
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp, Sociology department.

Luce Beeckmans is a full-time post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning of Ghent University, Belgium.

David Bassens is Assistant Professor of Economic Geography at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he is Associate Director of Cosmopolis: Centre for Urban Research.  

Ben Derudder is Professor of Human Geography at Ghent University’s Department of Geography, and an Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network.

Barbara Segaert is a scientific coordinator at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA), where she develops academic programmes on various topics of contemporary relevance to society.

Luc Braeckmans is Director of Academic Affairs of the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA). He is professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Antwerp, where he is also chair of the Centre for Andragogy.


Table of Contents

1: An Urban Studies Take on Global Urban Political Agency (David Bassens, Luce Beeckmans, Ben Derudder and Stijn Oosterlynck) PART I: The City as a Site for Political Innovation 2: Reflecting on the ‘Global Parliament of Mayors’ Project (Eric Corijn) 3: Social Inequality and Transformation of the Urban Economy (Enzo Mingione) 4: Voracious Cities and Obstructing States? (Gilles Pinson) 5: Global-Urban Policymaking (Kevin Ward) 6: The Politics of the (Global) Urban: City Strategies as Repeated Instances (Jennifer Robinson) 7: Whose Urban Agency Is It Anyway? (Michele Acuto) PART II: Exploring City Political Agency around the Globe 8: Greening the Global City. The Role of C40 Cities as Actors in Global Environmental Governance (Sabine Barthold) 9: Metropolitan Regions as New Scales and Evolving Policy Concepts in the European Union's Policy Context (Carola Fricke) 10: Building City Political Agency across Scales: the Johannesburg International Relations Strategy (Elisabeth Peyroux) 11: A Closer Look at the Role of International Accolades in Worlding Cape Town’s Urban Politics (Laura Nkula-Wenz) 12: Urban Rehabilitation and Residential Struggles in the Post-socialist City of Budapest (Gergely Olt and Ludovic Lepeltier-Kutasi) 13: Aspiring Global Nations? Tracing the Actors behind Belgrade's 'Nationally Important' Waterfront (Jorn Koelemaij)


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