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Mark Jayne, Phil Hubbard & David Bell

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 5: Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism

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Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism
Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism
Mark JaynePhil HubbardDavid Bell
INTRODUCTION

One of the great tensions in an era of planetary urbanism is that while cities are in competition with one another for jobs, investment and status, international collaboration is often deemed the route to secure competitive advantage. This chapter discusses the forms of co-operation and competition through which urban policy and knowledges are constituted and transferred from city to city via a focus on practices of ‘city twinning’ (Clarke, 2009a, 2009b; Grosspietsch, 2009; Jayne et al., 2010).1 City or town twinning is a practice that has proliferated around the world, with citizens usually made aware of international partnerships though civic visitation, educational exchanges or cultural co-operation. In the UK alone, ...

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