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Global Cities and Climate Change

The Translocal Relations of Environmental Governance, 1st Edition

By Taedong Lee


160 pages

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Cities have led the way to combat climate change by planning and implementing climate mitigation and adaptation policies. These local efforts go beyond national boundaries. Cities are forming transnational networks to enhance their understandings and practices for climate policies. In contrast to national governments that have numerous obstacles to cope with global climate change in the international and national level, cities have become significant international actors in the field of international relations and environmental governance.

Global Cities and Climate Change examines the translocal relations of cities that have made an international effort to collectively tackle climate change. Compared to state-centric terms, international or trans-national relations, trans-local relations look at policies, politics, and interactions of local governments in the globalized world. Using multi-methods such as multi-level analysis, comparative case studies, regression analysis and network analysis, Taedong Lee illustrates why some cities participated in transnational climate networks for cities; under what conditions cities internationally cooperate with other cities, with which cities; and which factors influence climate policy performance.

An essential read to all those who wish to understand the driving factors for local governments’ engagement in global climate governance from a theoretical as well as practical point of view. Lee makes a valuable contribution to the fields of international relations, environmental policies, and urban studies.


In Global Cities and Climate Change, Taedong Lee turns our attention to a critical but often neglected trans-local dimension of the urban response to climate change. At the heart of the book is the question of what shapes the participation of cities in transnational climate networks and how this shapes their capacity to act. In this detailed account, by connecting urban responses to the role of cities in the global economy Global Cities and Climate Change offers us an important new way to bring the local into the study of international climate politics.

Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of Geography, Durham University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A Theory of Translocal Relations: Local Actors in Global Climate Governance 3. Global Cities and Translocal Climate Change Networks 4. Act Locally, Link Globally: Translocal Collaboration through the C40 Cities Climate Network 5. Political Leadership, Globalization, and Translocal Climate Cooperation: Case Studies of Three Korean Cities 6. Participation in Translocal Climate Networks and Mitigation Policy 7. Implications, Future Research Questions, and Conclusion

About the Author

Taedong Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yonsei University, Korea.

About the Series

Cities and Global Governance

Scholarly concern over the role of cities as sites for global governance and the organization of global activities has increased substantially over the past 25 years. The partial denationalization of global politics has been accompanied by the increasing importance of non-state and sub-national state actors, including municipal governments. It has further resulted in the rising significance of cities as sites in and for global governance. Cities serve as platforms for scale-jumping—the movement of organizations and issues across scalar boundaries—locales for networking, and sites for the convergence of disparate global ideologies. Global actors, by concentrating in cities, take advantage of propinquity and the dense networks available in the urban landscape to organize their activities, and in doing so, also establish certain cities as "nodes" in their global networks. At the same time, global ideologies are expressed in urban landscapes and global politics takes concrete form in cities.

Because of these developments, scholars of global affairs have expressed increasing interest in the presence and influence of the city in global governance. This series will feature unique perspectives on theoretical and empirical issues in the relationship between cities and global governance. The series will serve as a platform to theorize previously undertheorized aspects of the relationship, to challenge conventional wisdom in the field, and to offer new empirical analysis of the role of cities as sites and actors in global governance as well as the role of global governance on the ground in cities. Each volume will make a distinct contribution to one or more of these questions. Volumes may take various conceptual and methodological approaches. Some will study cases, others will examine networks; some will have a regional focus, others will have a global focus; some will be focused on cities as they intersect with particular issues in global governance.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • African, Asian, and/or Latin American cities in networks of global governance
  • Case studies of the roles of various cities in global governance
  • Cities and climate change
  • Cities and disaster governance
  • Cities and global environmental governance
  • Cities as sites of emergent conflicts between governance regimes
  • Cities, security, and global governance
  • Global cities/capital cities: Urbanism and the apparatus of state-based governance
  • Municipal foreign policy
  • "Power" and "the urban" in global governance
  • The role of data collection and "city indicators" in global governance
  • The role of transnational actors in shaping local landscapes
  • "Super-global" cities
  • Transnational municipal networks in global governance
  • The urbanization of global politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy