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City Leadership in Global Governance

City Leadership in Global Governance Global Governance 19 (2013), 481–498 Michele Acuto The international society’s lack of leadership is often blamed for many of the shortcomings in addressing global challenges. Yet this focus might have been on the wrong kind of leaders: rather than heads of state and diplomats, effective international responses might be better situated with the ordinary influence of city leaders. While capable of reaching beyond urban politics and developing transnational networks, mayors might rep- resent a key hinge for the effective response to important challenges like climate change or sustainability. Against this scholarly oversight, this arti- cle demonstrates how mayors have a catalytic influence in global gover- nance. Providing evidence of that role, it summarizes this agency through five nonexclusive features: regime promotion, governance hybridization, diplomatic entrepreneurship, normative mediation, and everyday interna- tional influence. Relying on the vast variety of city-led initiatives spawned in the past few decades, this article demands greater attention for the piv- otal positioning of city leaders in global governance. KEYWORDS: cities, lead- ership, diplomacy. THE ANARCHICAL NATURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY HAS LONG BEEN blamed for many of the shortcomings in addressing common concerns and challenges. Environmental politics is perhaps the best contemporary poster child of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01903008
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Abstract

Global Governance 19 (2013), 481–498 Michele Acuto The international society’s lack of leadership is often blamed for many of the shortcomings in addressing global challenges. Yet this focus might have been on the wrong kind of leaders: rather than heads of state and diplomats, effective international responses might be better situated with the ordinary influence of city leaders. While capable of reaching beyond urban politics and developing transnational networks, mayors might rep- resent a key hinge for the effective response to important challenges like climate change or sustainability. Against this scholarly oversight, this arti- cle demonstrates how mayors have a catalytic influence in global gover- nance. Providing evidence of that role, it summarizes this agency through five nonexclusive features: regime promotion, governance hybridization, diplomatic entrepreneurship, normative mediation, and everyday interna- tional influence. Relying on the vast variety of city-led initiatives spawned in the past few decades, this article demands greater attention for the piv- otal positioning of city leaders in global governance. KEYWORDS: cities, lead- ership, diplomacy. THE ANARCHICAL NATURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY HAS LONG BEEN blamed for many of the shortcomings in addressing common concerns and challenges. Environmental politics is perhaps the best contemporary poster child of

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2013

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