City Networks and the Glocalization of Urban Governance

Edward Elgar Research Handbook on International Law and Cities Helmut Aust and Janne Nijman (eds.), 2021

13 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2021 Last revised: 5 May 2021

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Sheila Foster

Georgetown University; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Chrystie Swiney

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 14, 2020

Abstract

Cities and their networks are now decisively established as influential global actors in the difficult task of governing the globe, and their views and opinions are incorporated into many multilateral (nation-state led) and unilateral (city-led) agendas and policies ranging from climate to migration. Yet, the question of how city activism specifically translates into tangible policy and, in some cases legal, outcomes, at the global level remains unanswered. Questions also remain about whether our current international system, whether de facto or de jure, can genuinely incorporate the views of actors other than nations and the most powerful economic actors. Nevertheless, instances of bottom-up city networking and international law-making continue to multiply and cities and their networks continue the hard work of piercing the historically states-only veil of international politics in ways that make the critical role of cities in global governance not just a topic of scholarly debate, but an indisputable reality.

Keywords: city networking, local government, urban governance, international local government law

Suggested Citation

Foster, Sheila and Swiney, Chrystie, City Networks and the Glocalization of Urban Governance (July 14, 2020). Edward Elgar Research Handbook on International Law and Cities Helmut Aust and Janne Nijman (eds.), 2021 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3748123 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3748123

Sheila Foster (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20001
United States

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

Chrystie Swiney

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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