International Politics

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 238–259 | Cite as

Re-thinking scales and culture: Rome and the city in and beyond IPE

  • Nana Rodaki
Original Article


The article argues that critical International Political Economy can benefit from a trans-disciplinary approach to the role of cities as socio-economic actors in the global political economy. The constitution and exercise of agency is far from an automatic response to the global restructuring of capitalist social relations, but the product of historically and context-specific economic and extra-economic social processes and social struggles. Cities (re)emerge as subjects and objects of governance and intervention and seek to become (dis)embedded in multi-scalar networks of economic and symbolic power. In this process, they become active co-producers of the global political economy, in ways that cut across spatial scales and narrow geographical imaginations.


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  • Nana Rodaki
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsPhilosophy and Religion, Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom

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