The Power of Cities in Global Climate Politics

Saviours, Supplicants or Agents of Change?

  • Craig A. Johnson

Part of the Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment book series (CGPEP)

About this book


There is now a palpable sense of optimism about the role of cities and transnational city-networks in global climate governance. Yet, amidst the euphoria, there is also a sense that the power that has been ascribed to – and frequently assumed by – cities has been overstated; that the power of cities and city-networks to make a difference in global climate politics is not what it appears. This book explores the implications of city-engagement in global climate politics, outlining a theoretical framework that can be used to understand the power of cities in relation to transnational city-networks, multinational corporations and nation-states. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of transnational governance, global environmental politics and climate change.


Cities and Global Climate Politics City-Networks and Global Climate Politics Cities and Global Environmental Governance Urban Climate Adaptation Urban Climate Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Craig A. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59468-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59469-3
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