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Cities and Global Governance

New Sites for International Relations (Global Interdisciplinary Studies Series)

Noah Toly


Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: March 28, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1409408930
ISBN-13: 978-1409408932

Case study rich, this volume advances our understanding of the significance of ‘the city’ in global governance. The editors call for innovation in international relations theory with case studies that add breadth to theorizing the role sub-national political actors play in global affairs. Each of the eight case studies demonstrates different intersections between the local and the global and how these intersections alter the conditions resulting from globalization processes. The case studies do so by focusing on one of three sub-themes: the diverse ways in which cities and sub-national regions impact nation-state foreign policy; the various dimensions of urban imbrications in global environmental politics; or the multiple methods and standards used to measure the global roles of cities.



Mark Amen, Ph.D

Academic Director


Kiran C. Patel

Center for Global Solutions, Deputy Editor, Globalizations, University of South Florida, USA.


Noah J. Toly, Ph.D

Director of Urban Studies, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations, Wheaton College, USA.


Patricia L. McCarney, Ph.D

Director, Global Cities Program, CIS, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.


Klaus Segbers, Ph.D

Professor of Political Science, Freie Universität/ Free University of Berlin, Germany, Director, Center for Global Politics, and Director, Institute for East European Studies


  1. Introduction
  2. Sighting or Slighting Cities in International Relations
  3. The Emerging Global Landscape and the New Role of Globalizing City Regions
  4. Paradiplomacy in the Developing World: The Case of Brazil
  5. The Emergence of Cross-Border Regions and Canadian-United States Relations
  6. The Evolution of City Indicators: Challenges and Progress
  7. Auditing Cities through Circles of Sustainability
  8. Cities, the Environment, and Global Governance: A Political Ecology Perspective
  9. Cities and Global Environmental NGOs: Emerging Transnational Urban Networks
  10. The Global City Today: Advantages of Specialization and Costs of Financialization
  11. World City Networks: Measurement, Social Organization, Global Governance, and Structural Change
  12. Concluding Remarks


Anyone interested in the multiple ways globalizing cities are transforming the social fabric of the 21st century had better consult this outstanding collection of essays. Illuminating issues of state sovereignty and political authority, the contributors show how cities represent vital sites at the intersection of global governance and government that impact the everyday lives of billions of people.

— Manfred B. Steger
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia


Are cities rising and national states falling in a globalized world? The essays in this book address this timely question through a complementary set of case studies that demonstrate the varied mechanisms and ways by which cities and regions, or the sub-national, are critical to global governance of diplomacy, environmental politics, and other domains. The book challenges both urbanists and international relations scholars to meet each other across their disciplinary divide to cooperatively advance their increasingly intersected fields of inquiry.

— Xiangming Chen
Trinity College, USA