By Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman

This booklet explores the starting to be function of towns and areas as sub-national actors in shaping international governance. faraway from being simply carried alongside by means of worldwide forces, towns became energetic gamers in making and protecting the networks and connections that provide form to modern globalization. Exploring examples from Europe, North the US and past, the authors reconcile the 2 separate, but complimentary, theoretical and analytical lenses followed through city experiences and diplomacy, as they handle the character of ‘cities’ and ‘internationality’. The authors problem educational debate that's reluctant to go disciplinary limitations and therefore provide extra proper solutions to the hot phenomenon of foreign urban motion, and the way it weakens the conventional prerogative of the country as fundamental actor within the foreign realm. Conclusions concentrate on how this new internationality opens possibilities for towns and areas but additionally comprises capability pitfalls which could constrain coverage ideas and problem the legitimacy of coverage making in any respect scales.

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The changes in favour of a relationally-defined, agenda-based, produced spatiality have been debated for a few years now under the conceptual umbrella of new regionalism, which some authors see as part of a shift towards ‘post-positivist’ (Hajer and Wagenaar 2003) or ‘postmodern’ forms of governance (Ward and Williams 1997). Justifications for this may vary, but what they share is a much more flexible, broader ­understanding of process, actors and agenda of governing sub-national CITIES AND THE GLOBAL ARENA—FROM CONNECTORS TO ACTORS...

As part of intra-/extra-national governance (Heinelt and Kübler 2005). And cities, especially those acting globally or, at least, aspiring to do so, take a pivotal position in this cross-scalar reach of regionalism. The disciplinary foci need to recognise just that and to try to complement their respective perspectives to gain a more holistic understanding of the interdependency between what is going on sub-nationally, and how that relates to international processes and developments. And it is the large cities that are at the forefront of bridging the conceptual gap between sub- and supra-national lenses of interpretation of global governance.

Other, new actors are joining the international arena, at first in the shape of a few global cities, branching out increasingly to also include other sub-national actors— city networks, national and international associations of local government, and a growing range of individual cities and regions as solitary actors on the international parquet. This growing diversity of actors, and the associated dynamics in agendas and collaborative arrangements and rationales, has moved things on from defining regionalism in realist fashion as ‘largely in terms of formal intergovernmental organisations with a charter and a bureaucracy’ (Acharya 2012, p.

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