Cities’ Networks. Diplomacy and Policy in an Urban World

Authors: Renato Balbim*, UCI
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: city diplomacy, cities’ networks, globalization, geopolitical cartography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
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The internationalization of cities and the constitution of a new international space of power involves a much more significant number of cities that only the usual global cities or megacities. Today, regional capitals, medium, and even small cities comprise dozens of international organizations with diverse agendas and their own strategies of action seeking to interfere in global processes.
This presentation aims to enlighten the constitution of a new world order revealing the dimension of cities’ networks based on data from secondary sources and original database research. Additionally, a theoretical discussion proposes an innovative classification of those networks, according to their constitution, composition, agendas, and spatialization.
The empirical research carried out in Brazilian cities and literature research about other countries realities make possible to affirm that the internationalization of a city is a global process directly related to the democratic environment, degree of social participation and autonomy of the local government; as well as resulting from the local intention and capacity to generate and implement strategies to do so.
The characteristics, agents and means of this diplomacy are discussed, as well as the adequacy of the terms paradiplomacy, city diplomacy, federative diplomacy, and metrodiplomacy.
In conclusion notes and indications of further research are summarized aiming to deepen the knowledge about this new agent of the world order, the city network.

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