City diplomacy: Another generational shift?

Michele ACUTO, Anna KOSOVAC, Kris HARTLEY

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

Abstract

City diplomacy has a long history and has witnessed a clear sprawl over the last century. Successive “generations” of city diplomacy approaches have emerged over this period, with a heyday of networked urban governance in the last two decades. The covid-19 pandemic crisis presents a key opportunity to contemplate the direction of city diplomacy amid global systemic disruptions, raising questions about the effectiveness of differing diplomatic styles across cities but also the prospect of a new generational shift. This essay traces the history of generations in city diplomacy, examines prospects for novel ways of understanding city diplomacy, and contemplates how the pandemic’s impact heralds not the demise of internationalization in urban governance but an era in which city diplomacy is even more crucial amid fundamental limitations. Copyright © 2021 Brill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137–146
JournalDiplomatica
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Citation

Acuto, M., Kosovac, A., & Hartley, K. (2021). City diplomacy: Another generational shift? Diplomatica, 3(1), 137-146. doi: 10.1163/25891774-03010007

Keywords

  • City diplomacy
  • Covid-19
  • Urban governance

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'City diplomacy: Another generational shift?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.