Knowledge sharing is deemed an important function of transnational municipal networks. However, in the literature on these organisations, a critical discussion of the implications of this process is scant. This article unpacks the mechanisms regulating learning, and examines the cognitive and relational dynamics of knowledge exchange within socio-ecological urban networks. By analysing the experience of a small group of European post-industrial second cities in socio-ecological urban networks, this article shows that network members exchange ideas and practices to tackle urban regeneration issues. The data suggest that, despite touted as a peer-to-peer practice, knowledge sharing reinforces asymmetrical relationships among network members, enabling the ‘soft domination’ of more advanced cities over less successful ones.
|Journal||International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development|
|Early online date||22 Jun 2018|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2018|
- transnational municipalism
- urban policy mobilities
- local governments
- urban sustainability