Rowman and Littlefield International

Urban Foreign Policy and Domestic Dilemmas

Insights from Swiss and EU City-regions

By Nico van der Heiden

The book shows that the local economic setting, and the political response in developing international activities, are closely linked.

Paperback ISBN: 9781907301070 Release date: Oct 2010
£30.00 €41.00 $49.00

Pages: 224

City-regions have gained economic and political power in the process of globalisation. Many of them use this power to develop their own international activities. This book investigates why city-regions go global and the consequences of their newly gained self-confidence on the international scale. The book analyses Swiss and EU city-regions' international activities with seven in-depth case studies. The book shows that the local economic setting, and the political response in developing international activities, are closely linked. Not only has urban politics changed due to its international dimension, but also the interplay between the core city, the agglomeration communities, the regional, the national, and EU levels. Understanding the role of the EU in city-regions' international activities is crucial for comprehending recent trends in urban governance.


Acknowledgments iv

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

Networking city-regions in the new scalar order 1

Research questions 3

Chapter outline 4

Chapter One: A Theory of Urban Foreign Policy 5

Why do city-regions go global? 6

From explaining city-regions’ international activities

to intrascalar and interscalar changes 23

Changes caused by city-regions’

international activities 23

A model of city-regions’ international activities 33

Chapter Two: The Seven City-Regions Under Scrutiny 37

Case selection 38

Berne: a capital city with a national orientation 39

Geneva: international city of peace and solidarity 49

Lausanne: city of international sport 63

Lucerne: partnerships for tourism 73

Zurich: international banking and insurance 84

Lyon: going global for the top fi fteen 99

Stuttgart: global mobility 114

A fi rst overview: the network’s side 132

Chapter Three: Why do City-Regions go Global? 137

Globalisation and the rescaling of the state 137

Varieties of capitalism and the international

activities of city-regions 145

Combining rescaling and varieties of capitalism 150

Chapter Four: Intrascalar and Interscalar Changes 153

The mayor and the bureaucracy govern 153

Horizontal governance: lonesome core cities 164

Vertical governance: only the EU 169

Intrascalar and interscalar aspects of

urban foreign policy 177

Conclusion 179

Bibliography 183

Index 203

Nico van der Heiden is Senior Project Manager at the Institute for Political Science and at the Centre for Democracy Studies at the University of Zurich. He is also Lecturer at the University of Lucerne and at the University for Applied Sciences, Lucerne. He studied Political Science, Economics, and Media Science at the University of Zurich, from which he also gained his PhD in 2009. Previously, he has held positions as Research Assistant at the Universities of Zurich and Lucerne, and as Visiting Scholar at the Institut National de la Recherche; Scientifique Urbanisation, Culture et Société in Montréal. He is currently carrying out research on urban and metropolitan governance, the international activities of sub-national entities, and new forms of participation in established democracies.

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