International Public Relations and Diplomacy of Local Governments and Cities


 
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International Public Relations and Diplomacy of Local Governments and Cities
Chloe Xu, Australia, Premium Member
In today’s world, the influence of a city can go beyond the political and administrative boundaries of its traditional geographic, legal or fiscal territory. Building relations with other countries with a view to promote their own interest is nothing new for local governments (city branding) but over the last decade a phenomenon called ‘paradiplomacy’ has been expanding.
“Going global” has gone beyond conceptual denominations to become a clear political objective for local government leaders who want to position their city “on the world map”. Some key aspects of this trend include:
  • STRENGTHENING OF GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP. Over the past years, an increasing number of citizen groups have been established for common causes and prospered in different places around the world. They have reinforced their capacity to play a part in international affairs, especially through non-governmental organisation (NGOs).
  • GROWING URBANISATION OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS. The growing urb...
 

 
 


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