Planetary Boundaries Intra Muros: Cities and the Anthropocene

Forthcoming in: Duncan French and Louis J. Kotzé (eds.), Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries, Edward Elgar (2020).

T.M.C. Asser Institute for International & European Law, Asser Research Paper 2020-04

24 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

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Helmut Aust

Freie Universität Berlin

Janne Elisabeth Nijman

T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Amsterdam Center for International Law - University of Amsterdam; The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: June 29, 2020

Abstract

At first sight, the relationship between planetary boundaries and cities might be obscure. Closely related to the concept of the Anthropocene, responding to the planetary boundaries in a holistic and integrated manner seems to call for global solutions. Yet, it is important to downscale governance approaches, if only to solicit support for these attempts at all levels of governance. But what can cities and their governance offer in this respect? This chapter canvasses the relationship between cities, planetary boundaries and the Anthropocene. It portrays some of the many promises that a turn to the city seems to bring in this respect, in particular through forms of innovative urban governance. However, the chapter contextualises these promises and looks at some of the potential shortcomings that are associated with the recent adoration of cities as more responsible and benign units of governance. The chapter ultimately shows how cities are inevitable bundled up in the processes which bring us closer to the planetary boundaries and which have created the Anthropocene. The planetary boundaries run right through them.

Keywords: international law, global governance, planetary boundaries, cities, urban governance, global networks of cities, anthropocene, privatisation, smart cities

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Aust, Helmut and Nijman, Janne Elisabeth, Planetary Boundaries Intra Muros: Cities and the Anthropocene (June 29, 2020). Forthcoming in: Duncan French and Louis J. Kotzé (eds.), Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries, Edward Elgar (2020)., T.M.C. Asser Institute for International & European Law, Asser Research Paper 2020-04 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3638152

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