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Today is a new metropolitan age and for the first time ever more people live in cities than they do anywhere else. As cities strengthen their international and cultural influence, the global world is acted out most articulately in the world's urban hubs — through its diverse cultures, broad networks and innovative styles of governance. Looking at the city through its internal dynamics, the book examines how governance and cultural policy play out in a national and international framework.

Making a truly global contribution to the literature, editors Isar and Anheier bring together a truly international and highly-respected collection of scholars. In doing so, they skilfully steer debates beyond the city as an economic powerhouse, to cover issues that fully comprehend a city's cultural dynamics and ...

Cities as Geopolitical Spaces for the Global Governance of Culture
Cities as geopolitical spaces for the global governance of culture

‘Global cities’ are generally understood to be the economic and financial centres of global capitalism, where the concentration of transnational corporations and a plethora of specialized services serve the functions of finance and trade. The author of this opening chapter explores such cities from a different angle, that of the political power that makes them central in the governance of culture internationally. These metropoles are placed at the ‘commanding heights’ of global policy because they function as centres of hegemonic political systems. Brussels, Washington, DC, and Montevideo are the cities whose roles in leading and shaping global and regional policy are discussed here, particularly in relation ...

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