City Diplomacy: Towards More Strategic Networking? Learning with WHO Healthy Cities

Cities are increasingly capturing the attention of major international actors and now regularly feature in multilateral processes. Yet while there are many studies on networking among cities, there have been few studies of ‘city networks’ as formal and institutionalized governance structures facilitating city-to-city and city-to-other actors cooperation, or ‘city diplomacy’. Institutionalized networks of cities, while not new, are...

City Diplomacy: The Expanding Role of Cities in International Politics

This Clingendael Diplomatic Studies Paper is the product of a pilot project on city diplomacy undertaken in late 2006. The aim of the pilot project is to find a theoretical basis for, and to give an overview of, the diplomatic developments taking place at the level of cities or local governments in general. Given that few theorists have published on the topic of city diplomacy, the information presented in this paper was gathered primarily...
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