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The Transformation of Foreign PolicyDrawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present$
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Gunther Hellmann, Andreas Fahrmeir, and Milo Vec

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783862.001.0001

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Renaissance of the City as Global Actor

Renaissance of the City as Global Actor

The Role of Foreign Policy and International Law Practices in the Construction of Cities as Global Actors

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(p.209) 10 Renaissance of the City as Global Actor
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The Transformation of Foreign Policy
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Janne E. Nijman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783862.003.0010

This chapter examines the city as a global actor. It considers globalization, urbanization, and decentralization in their impact on the position of the city. Subsequently, the focus is on how cities are (re)constituted as global actors by making use of the language, norms, and practices of foreign policy and international law, while, as global actors, cities in turn reconstitute global society and its normative structure. The current urban renaissance challenges traditional state-centrism of the international relations/international law theories describing the world. The chapter suggests that we do indeed face “a moment of foreign policy transformation,” as the renaissance of the city as an independent global actor attests to a more general shift from an international to a global society. Meanwhile, the (re)constitution of the city as new foreign policy actor shows the persuasive power and constructive role of international legal norms and ideas.

Keywords:   global city, international law, international relations, social constructivism, historical sociology, globalization, urbanization, decentralization, foreign policy, implementation of international law

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