Cities, Networks, and Global Environmental Governance: Spaces of Innovation, Places of Leadership

Front Cover
Routledge, Dec 12, 2012 - Political Science - 260 pages
0 Reviews

As a result of global dynamics—the increasing interconnection of people and places—innovations in global environmental governance haved altered the role of cities in shaping the future of the planet. This book is a timely study of the importance of thesesocial transformations in our increasingly global and increasingly urban world.

Through analysis of transnational municipal networks, such as Metropolis and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Sofie Bouteligier's innovative study examines theories of the network society and global cities from a global ecology perspective. Through direct observation and interviews and using two types of city networks that have been treated separately in the literature,she discovers the structure and logic pertaining to office networks of environmental non-governmental organizations and environmental consultancy firms. In doing so she incisively demonstrates the ways in which cities fulfill the role of strategic sites of global environmental governance, concentrating knowledge, infrastructure, and institutions vital to the function of transnational actors.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 City Networks for Global Environmental Governance
19
3 Networks Global Cities and Environmental Flows
41
4 Methodology
67
5 City Networks and Innovative Global Environmental Governance
79
6 City Networks and Conventional Global Environmental Governance
119
A Networked Urban World as Vehicle for Environmental Sustainability
142
Cities Visualized on the Maps
165
Overview Interviews
169
Overview Direct Observations
177
Notes
179
References
209
Index
237
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Sofie Bouteligier conducted her PhD research at the Global Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development Research Group of Kuleuven, Belgium. Currently, she is a postdoc researcher at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University and an associate fellow of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. Her research focuses on city networks for global environmental governance and the interactions between multinational private companies and cities in the search for sustainable urban futures.

Bibliographic information