Cities as International Actors

Urban and Regional Governance Beyond the Nation State

  • Tassilo Herrschel
  • Peter Newman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 1-22
  3. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 51-106
  4. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 107-132
  5. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 133-183
  6. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 185-238
  7. Tassilo Herrschel, Peter Newman
    Pages 239-246
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 247-260

About this book


This book explores the growing role of cities and regions as sub-national actors in shaping global governance. Far from being merely carried along by global forces, cities have become active players in making and maintaining the networks and connections that give shape to contemporary globalization. Exploring examples from Europe, North America and beyond, the authors reconcile the two separate, yet complimentary, theoretical and analytical lenses adopted by Urban Studies and International Relations, as they address the nature of ‘cities’ and ‘internationality’. The authors challenge academic debate that is reluctant to cross disciplinary boundaries and thus offer more relevant answers to the new phenomenon of international city action, and how it weakens the traditional prerogative of the state as primary actor in the international realm. Conclusions focus on how this new internationality opens opportunities for cities and regions but also contains potential pitfalls that can constrain policy options and challenge the legitimacy of policy making at all scales.


State-centric internationality Multi-level governance International urban action Internationalisation Mono-lateral international engagement City-to-city pairing Europe North America Network-based action National League of Cities (NLC) US Conference of Mayors Global Cities Initiative (GCI) Canada Cascadia

Authors and affiliations

  • Tassilo Herrschel
    • 1
  • Peter Newman
    • 2
  1. 1. University of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom

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