City Leaders Go Abroad: A Survey of City Diplomacy in 47 Cities
Anna Kosovac, Kris Hartley, Michele Acuto, Darcy Gunning
URBAN POLICY AND RESEARCH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021
Cities are playing an increasingly prominent role on the global policy stage, and in the process have established moreformalised international engagements. However, there is an incomplete understanding about the types and levels of capacity needed for such engagement. This study offers an examination of the underpinnings of “city diplomacy”. It confirms that cities recognise the importance of city diplomacy but also lack necessary resources to fulfill the commitments they make to global agendas. The article calls for action on three fronts : more effective training, formalised multilateral engagement, and stronger city-level diplomatic capacity.
Funding for this research was received from Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Melbourne.